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Sweet Briar 

Alumnae Magazine 

Spring/Summep 2000 



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A Message from 
the President 

Dear Alumnae and Friends, 

As J. Wilson Newman, then chairman of SBC's Board of 
Directors and Overseers, once said in a long-ago Founders' Day 
speech, "There has always been something special about Sweet 
Briar." Clearly, this "something special" includes the College's 
unique natural environment. 

It is impossible to separate Sweet Briar's traditions, aca- 
demic ideals, and architectural heritage from the awe-inspiring 
3,300 acres that surround us. AH are hopelessly and wonder- 
fiilly intertwined. Fifty years ago, Martha Lou Lemmon 
Stohlman noted in The Story of Sweet Briar College that "hving 
wdth beauty does not leave one untouched. ..On fu^st 
glance this beauty is striking; after four years it has 
become a permanent possession." 

This issue of the Alumnae Magazine celebrates 
the way that those associated wdth Sweet Briar are 
using this special tie to the land. On campus, fac- 
ulty and students are engaged in significant envi- 
ronmental research. And from Guion pond to the 
Florida Everglades, from the Mississippi Delta to the Califor- 
nia coasthne, SBC alumnae are encouraging a genuine appreci- 
ation for the natural resources we share and an alert recognition 
of what we must do to preserve them for the hiture. As our 
cover suggests, Sweet Briar women are not afraid of challenges. 
No matter where we look, whether at Penny Czarra '75 in rural 
India or Amira Hernandez '99 in the Bronx, we see genera- 
tions of alumnae attempting to build a better world from the 
grassroots up. 

This issue of the Alumnae Magazine wiU, I think, amaze 
you. Over and over, the stories within bespeak a passionate 
engagement with the natural world — a passion that inspires 
Susan Detweiler '89 to climb the highest peak in the Americas. 
That prompts Sarah Babcock '83 to leave a promising career in 
technology and pursue a Ph.D in animal behaNior That spurs 
Tricia Hamilton '01 to speak up on behalf of the crab apple 
trees in front of Benedict. 

I thought I knew a lot about how the Sweet Briar commu- 
nity has embraced the beauties and challenges of the environ- 
ment, but as I read through this magazine, I realized that I had 
only the vaguest understanding. I urge you to read this issue 
from cover to cover. And if you have the opportunity, pass it on 
to a prospective student. This is a story that deserves to be told! 

Elisabeth S. Muhlenfeld, 

Sweet Briar 

Alumnae Magazine 
Inside Front A Message from the President 







A Sense of Place 

By Mary Molyneux Abrams '86 

President, Little Pond Productions, Inc. 

The Class of 2000 Commencement 

In the Spotlight 

Winter Forums: Understanding Islam 

by Professor Jeffi-eY E. Key 

Outstanding Alumna Award: 

Allison Stemmons Simon '63 


Recent Deaths 

Alumnae College Travel Program 2001 

Bulletin Board 

(See Technocracy Symposium) 


Centennial Events 

Class Notes 

Inside Back In the Sweet Briar Tradition 

Professor Ernest P. "Buck" Edwards 

Sweet Briar Centennial 

Plates Questionnaire 

Spring/Summer 2000 ■ Vol. 71, No. 3 

On the cover: 

A collage of images relating to "A Sense of Place," featuring a page of Associate 
Professor Laura Pharis' nature journal, monarch butterflies, students riding on campus, 
building a beaver dam, and a SWEBOP group on a climb. 

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Sweet Briar's Natural Setting Ennances Campus Lire 
and Inspires Innovative Programming 

In the early morning before classes, Kim Leach '00 saddles up her favorite horse, 
Bondo, and hits the trail, curious to see who else is out and about. She is not looking for feUow 
riders or the hikers and bikers that share Sweet Briar's 3,300 acres. This biology major and stu- 
dent naturalist is scanning shallow puddles, hoping to spot a salamander or a toad. 

Kim, like the other students, faculty, and alumnae featured in 
this issue of the Alumnae Magazine, interprets the phrase "Sweet 
Briar community" to include all living things: from fiingi feasting 
on the dead leaves underfoot to monarchs fluttering by on their 
way to Mexico. 

The upcoming fall semester wiU mark the fourth year of the 
College's "Learning on the Land" orientation, an outdoor program 
that connects first-year students to each other and to the campus. 
Students choose from an assortment of experiential "mini" courses, 
including an archaeological dig, a Global Positioning System 
guided scavenger hunt, a study of the campus' wildlife and horti- 
culture, an introduction to Sweet Briar's historic architecture and 
landscape, and a tour on horseback. 

This relatively new orientation program has already garnered 
national attention as an innovative, character-building model for 
other colleges and universities to follow (see "SBC Recognized for 
Character Development Programs" in this issue). 

Even more exciting, the College's new Environmental Program 
begins this August with the arrival of Dr. David Orvos, chair of 
the environmental studies department and associate professor of 
environmental sciences. 

From his location in the newly-renovated Sweet Briar train sta- 
tion and caboose. Dr. Orvos will keep the College ahead of the 

curve in what is becoming one ot the fastest-growing areas of 
study nationwide. 

Of course, Sweet Briar's enviable sanctuaries and ecological 
study areas give the College a unique advantage in training stu- 
dents for graduate studies, careers, and volunteer work in environ- 
mental problem solving. And, as this issue of the Alumnae 
Magazine illustrates, this generation of faculty and students is not 
the first to put the College's resources to work in that direction. 
The land also benefits the College's nationally-acclaimed Riding 
Program and supports exciting co-curricular offerings Bke 

In the high-tech, high-touch 21^^ century, Sweet Briar is dis- 
tinguishing itself as being both the "most wired" women's college 
in the country and a place where students can soothe their souls 
among the same trees, ponds, and pastures that have delighted this 
community tor nearly 100 years. 

"Sweet Briar evokes a sense of place," says Mary Pope Hutson 
Waring '83, conservationist and executive director of South 
Carolina's Lowcountry Open Land Trust. "In my work, I see a 
pervasion of urban sprawl across the country. The College has 
taken great steps to assure a balance by clustering the built envi- 
ronment within the natural environment, demonstrating that the 
two worlds can coexist. 


'■ 7n the next 20 years, citizens will be challenged 
to deal TOth environmental issues proactively 
instead of reactively. If we do not meet the chal- 
lenge, future generations — our children and grand- 
children — ^wiU enjoy only remote, virtual 
experiences of the natural wonders we take for 
granted. They will not be out first thing in the 
morning on a bird walk with Dr. Edwards. They'll 
be looking at birds on a computer monitor. 

"I am heartened that the College is taking a 
leadership role, moving forward v\dth its Environ- 
mental Program!' 

''We carit protect every- 
thing and we shouldnt, " 
says Mary Pope. "The 
challenge is balance. It's 
an important area to be 
focusing on right now 
and it's great that the 
College is making it a 

— Mary Pope Hutson Waring '83 

Mary Pope Hutson Waring '83 meets with Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt 

Making Waves 

Conservationist Mary Pope Hutson Waring '83 

Applies Lessons Learnea in Kenya 

to tne boutn Carolina Coastline 


Waring '83 w\s working in Nairobi, Ken\'a as a special assis- 
tant to the U. S. Ambassador. Her responsibilities entailed meet- 
ing with Kenyan business, political, and cultural leaders on a 
regular basis. The experience piqued her interest in conservation. 
In a country of 25 million people, there were no fences containing 
and protecting wdldlife. 

"In Africa, there is a real need and a great challenge to educate 
people about the importance of wildlife," says Mary Pope. "Killing 
elephants that come into your garden and eat all the vegetables — 
your lifeblood — is not a solution. There is a wav for people and 
wildlife to coexist. 

"When I was there, the head of the Kenya Wildlife Service 
was Dr. Richard Leaky — son of Louis and Mar)', the famous pale- 
ontologists. It was Richard who banned the ivory trade and was 

2 • Spring/Summer 2000 

photographed burning three mUlion 
dollars worth of tusks. He taught me 
that the issue to worry about is not 
the extinction of species but the lack 
of habitat. 

"AH over Africa, people are cutting 
trees for housing and other necessi- 
ties, dramatically reducing wildlife 
habitat. We're struggling with the 
same type of loss here in the United 
States. There is so much develop- 
ment. In my state alone, we're due to 
have 800,000 more people living 
along the coastline of South Carolina 
in the next ten years." 

A few years after Mar)' Pope 
returned from Nairobi to Charleston, 
the governor asked her to serve on the 
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Board 
of Directors — the first woman ever appointed. Though she was 
working as acting director of development and director of tours 
and special events for the Historic Charleston Foundation, she 
distinguished herself as chair of the DNR Board's Marine Advi- 
sory Committee. The press described her as "making waves" and 
"rocking boats'.' One headline elevated her from committee chair 
to "Swordfish Saint." 

The Environmental Science Major (B.S.) 

The Environmental Science B.S. major requires a common core of 35 sci- 
ence credits and 12 non-science credits, plus at least 16 additional science 
credits within one of four concentrations: Ecology & Conservation Biology, 
Chemistry, Environmental Physiology, or Computational Science. 

This curriculum evolved from consideration of Sweet Briar's educational 
mission; an evaluation of environmental science curricula at other institutions; 
discussions with environmental scientists working in academia, industr)', and 
NCO's; and a survey of graduate school requirements and employment oppor- 
tunities. The generic environmental science majors offered at many institutions 
emphasize breadth at the expense of demanding upper-level course work, and 
are weaker programs than their other science majors. Our proposed curricu- 
lum is demanding, interesting, and innovative. The four concentrations build 
on existing science courses and faculty expertise. (For more information go to 1 


General Ecology 

Field Natural History or other field science or conservation biology 

Principles of Chemistry I plus lab 

Principles of Chemistry II plus lab 

Environmental Analytical Chemistry 

Environmental Analytical Chemistry Lab 

Introductory Economics 

Introduction to Environmental Science 

Environmental Policy and Problem-Solving Studio or Environmental 

Advanced Lab in Environmental Science 
Applied Statistics 
Two additional environmental studies courses (at least one course 

above 200) 
Senior Research 
At least 1 6 additional credits in one concentration (at least 6 above 


Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

During her tenure with the South Carolina DNR Board, Mar)' 
Pope became active in attempting to start a statewide land trust 
network, an organization that would allow trusts to share informa- 
tion. In 1998, the Lowcountr)' Open Land Trust invited her to 
serve as executive director. 

Similar to national organizations like the Nature Conservancy 
or Conservation Fund, the Lowcountry Open Land Trust is a pri- 
vate, regional conservation organization that works with private 
landowners, helping them to place easements on their properties 
and protect land in perpetuity for their communities. 

The Lowcountry has helped 70 landowners protect almost 
21,000 acres along the South Carolina coastline. The organization 
is currendy working with another 50 landowners to protect an 
additional 40,000 acres. Mary Pope also works v\dth municipali- 
ties, helping them with planning, prioritization, and GIS map- 

"We can't protect everything and we shouldn't," says Mary 
Pope. "The challenge is balance. It's an important area to be 
focusing on right now and it's great that the College is making it a 

"You know and I know that our students leave the campus 
invigorated; they go out and make a difterence. This is an area 
where their energy and leadership is needed. We cannot exist on 
pavement alone." 

The Environmental Studies B.A. Major 

The B.A. degree requires a common core of 26 or 27 credits plus at least 
18 credits within one of three concentrations: Environmental Policy and Plan- 
ning; Global Environment and Sustainable Development; or Humans and the 
Natural WoHd. It requires at least 14 credits in science including calculus and 
ecology, reflecting the widespread recognition that science literacy is crucial 
for all environmental professionals. 

Practical experience with environmental issues is developed through 
internships, study abroad programs, environmental problem-solving at the 
local and regional levels, and student participation in campus environmental 

Environmental Studies students are strongly encouraged to undertake inter- 
national travel and study, particularly in Latin America, Asia, or Africa, in pro- 
grams stressing natural resource management, wildlife conservation, 
environmental policy, international development, or sustainable development. 
Opportunities are available for internships with environmental organizations, 
and for intensive summer research at Sweet Briar or elsewhere. (For more 
information go to 


General Ecology 

Micro-Economic Theory 

Introduction to Environmental Studies 

Introduction to Environmental Science 

Environmental Policy and Problem-Solving Studio 

Calculus I 

Senior Seminar 

Six courses in one of three concentrations 

And choose one at the following courses: 

Field Natural History 

Environmental Analytical Chemistry 

Advanced Lab in Environmental Science 

Applied Statistics 

Principles of Physics I 


Tne IS^ew 



A Natural Fit for Sweet Briar 

This September marks the debut of the new Sweet Briar 
Environmental Program. The College's Board of Directors, admin- 
istration, and faculty have made a significant commitment to this 
initiative, which embraces so tnany of SBC's strategic planning themes: 

• The Environmental Program promotes cooperative, experiential 
learning, both inside and outside of the classroom. Field studies are 
integrated with work in disciplines across the campus, includ- 
ing anthropology, chemistry, computer science, math, molecular 
biology, physics, and philosophy. 

• Both rigorous new majors — Environmental Science (B.S.) and 
Environmental Studies (B.A.) — offer students core courses and 
a choice of concentrations. Choosing a concentration, com- 
bined with seeking opportunities for intensive independent 
research, travel and study abroad, and internships, encourages 
students to be proactive and intentional about their educations. 

• The program makes the campus — the land — part of the learning 
experience. Laboratory courses, on-campus research, and volun- 
teer activities make use of the College's extraordinary 3,300 

• The new Naturalist-In-Residence program, which takes place 
over the summer, contributes to Sweet Briar's goal of becoming a 
college for year-long learrjing. New and existing funds also allow 
students to remain on campus during the summer to plunge 
into projects too demanding to undertake during the academic 

• The program places a strong emphasis on the importance of 
both science and policy in environmental problem solving. This 
approach, supported by programs such as the Julia Baldwin 
Waxter Environmental Studies Vomm, fosters an understanding 
and appreciation of diverse perspectives. 

The physical requirements of the program include two new 
tenure-track positions, renovations to existing facilities, and the 
purchase of laboratory equipment. 

One faculty position is being left open until the program gets 
under way. Next winter the search for an assistant professor in 
environmental sciences wiU begin — most likely for a candidate 
with expertise in the earth sciences and in Geographic Informa- 
tion Systems (GIS). Meantime, the more critical, dual position of 
chair of the Environmental Studies Department and associate 
professor of environmental sciences has been accepted by Dr. 
David Orvos. 

For the past three years. Dr. Orvos has led and helped develop 
the environmental science course curriculum and program at 
SUNY College at Fredonia. He has a long association with 
Virginia colleges and universities. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Spring/Summer 2000 • 3 

He received his bachelor's degree in biology from Eastern 
Mennonite College (now University) and his master's degree in 
biology from James Madison University. He earned a Ph.D. in 
biology from Virginia Tech in 1989. 

Dr. John Cairns, Jr., University Distinguished Professor of 
Environmental Biology Emeritus served as Dr. Orvos' advisor at 
Virginia Tech. Dr. Orvos' doctoral dissertation explored the envi- 
ronmental risk of a genetically-engineered microorganism. 

Dr. Orvos continued his postdoctoral research with Dr. Cairns. 
He assessed biotechnological risk for government and private 
agencies including the National Science Foundation, the U.S. 
Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Environmental Protec- 
tion Agency. From 1991-97, Dr. Orvos was an environmental sci- 
entist at SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals, assessing 
environmental impacts of the company's products and manufac- 
turing process. 

Dr. Orvos' expertise complements those of the current science 

Professor Hwang Teams with Professor Chang and 
Adam Werbach to Expand Learning Opportunities 

From Kazakhstan to San Francisco, Sang Hwang, assistant professor of 
environmental studies, is collaborating with SBC faculty and friends to 
expand learning opportunities for students. 

This summer he is traveling to Kazakhstan, where he is linking with Pro- 
fessor Claudia Chang's Talgar Archaeology Project. Building on her contacts 
with the Harvard Development Institute and the Kazakh National Academy 
of Sciences, Professor Hwang is investigating ways to expand connections 
for the College in the areas of archaeology, international affairs, environ- 
mental science, and environmental policy. 

Amy De Angelis '01, an environmental studies major from New York, is 
traveling with Professor Hwang, conducting her own research on the devel- 
oping country's environmental plans and policy debates. She will present 
her findings in a paper and in a presentation to the Sweet Briar community 
during the fall semester. 

Also during the fall. Professor Hwang will join forces with Adam 
Werbach to teach a course on environmental activism. 

Three years ago, at the age of 23, Werbach was elected national presi- 
dent of the Sierra Club, by far the youngest person 
Three years am, at ever to assume such a responsibility. 

/• ? TAr u u During the 1998-99 academic year, Werbach 
the age oj 23, vVerbach was invited to campus to inaugurate Sweet Briar's 
was elected national JiJ''^ B. Waxter Environmental Studies Forum. In 
• 7 . /■,; r.- addition to his evening lecture, he was invited to 

president oJ ttje bierra ^^^^^ Professor Hwang's classes. The two devel- 
Club, by far the oped a friendship and created a course outline for 

younvest person ever '^^ upcoming Honors seminar. 
■^ ° -' Now 26, Werbach is based in San Francisco, 

to assume such a where he hosts a television series and a website 

responsibility, called Thin Green Line ( ). 
He plans to remain on the West Coast, appearing 
live via the internet to co-teach the environmental 
activism course with Professor Hwang. 

"The video will be choppy but his voice should carry real time," says 
Professor Hwang. "We will also use 
portions of his television series, airing 
on the Outdoor Life Network, as case 
studies. The purpose is to introduce 
students to the evolution of Ameri- 
can civil disobedience, going back 
to writers like Thoreau. We want 
students to be aware that there i 
a long tradition of environmen- 
tal activism that draws on a 
variety of philosophies and 

4 • Spring/Summer 2000 

Bill and |udy Waxter '49, President Muhlenfeld and David Orvos 

facultj', with enough overlap to encourage collaboration. 

"David's background brings wonderfril synergies to the depart- 
ment," says Linda Fink, associate professor of biology. "He's at 
home in the field and the lab. He knows molecular biolog)' and 
chemistry. He's interested in the eftects of difierent chemicals — 
pollutants — in the aquatic environment. These toxins often occur 
in minute quantities, so you have to be a good analvtical chemist 
to test lor toxins in water and in fish tissue. At the same time, you 
have to be a good field biologist to know where to go to find sam- 
ples and care for them. In short, he can show students wh\' both 
skUl sets are important. 

"David is also at home in both academic and corporate set- 
tings. He can help to guide smdents toward graduate school and 
also prepare them for careers in industry and emironmental risk 

While Dr. Orvos leads the department and directs the bachelor 
of science major in environmental science. Sang Hwang, assistant 
professor of environmental studies, will direct the bachelor of arts 
major and continue to oversee the environmental studies minor. 

"David and I overlap philosophically," says Professor Hwang. 
"We have the same oudook. That's important because the B.A. 
has an environmental science component and the B.S. has an 
environmental studies component. 

"Environmental issues are not singular. Having an environmen- 
tal scientist in place allows us to take fuU advantage of something 
that students are catching onto out in the world. Not only is this 
field one of the fastest-growing areas of study nationwide, it is an 
area that matches Sweet Briar's mission to prepare women to be 
leaders and global citizens." 

Professor Hwang, a social scientist, is keeping his office in the 
Chapel. This summer, the College is renovating the caboose and 
train station near Guion to serve as an oftice and wet laboratory 
for Dr. Orvos. 

In what is turning out to be a win-win situation all around, Joe 
Monk, associate professor of studio art and current occupant of 
the caboose and train station, is moving over to the dairy, where 
he has wanted to be located for quite a while. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine ' 


Taking tne 
Scenic Route 

Proiessor Orvos' Journey to S\s'eet Briar 

David Orvos, Sweet Briar's new professor of environmental 
science and chair of the environmental studies department, is 
happy to be coming home. 

A native of Maryland, Professor Orvos spent 12 years studying 
in Virginia at Eastern Mennonite Universitv, James Madison 
University, and Virginia Tech. Though he hoped to settie down 
and teach in this area of the country (his wife's family is from Vir- 
ginia), his mentor and advisor at Tech encouraged him to "take 
the scenic route" through the environmental sciences. 

"Dr. John Cairns, Jr., the man I worked with at Virginia Tech, 
had outside experiences that he brought into his research," 
explains Professor Orvos. "His approach made me aware of the 
need to spend time working in the private sector. I wanted to 
teach, but knew I needed cross training to understand the dynam- 
ics of the discipline." 

After earning his Ph.D. in biology from Virginia Tech in 1989, 
Professor Orvos worked as an environmental consultant, running 
an environmental laboratory for Roy F. Weston, Inc. in West 
Chester, Pennsylvania. Two years later, he traded that managerial 
position for a research-centered opportunitv at SmithKline 
Beecham Pharmaceuticals. 

"I loved it at SmithKline," says Professor Orvos. "The work 
environment was state-of-the-art. We had student interns and I 
taught at night. The hours and money were great. I found myself 
becoming perfectiy comfortable — maybe too comfortable. I knew 
if I was going to make a move, I'd better do it soon." 

Three years ago, Professor Orvos left the corporate world 
behind to lead and develop the biolog)' and environmental sci- 
ences program at the State University of New York in Fredonia. 
Among his achievements, he forged a relationship between his 
department, state organizations, and the local community, put- 
ting his students to work on environmental problems in and 
around Lake Erie. 

"Half of my students at Fredonia are working on fisheries," 
says Professor Orvos. "I knew ver)' little about fisheries before 
I took the job, but it was a regional issue that had a lot to offer 
our program. As things turned out, the state people were 
happy to see us. Someone just needed to make the connec- 
tion — to cross the coUege/non-coUege barrier I'm not afraid to 
step out and do that even though the process often reveals 
gaps in my education and understanding." 

Though Professor Orvos did not arrive on campus until 
August, he has already investigated issues and opportunities 
involving the region's Tye and James rivers. His expertise in 
environmental toxicology will create new research opportuni- 
ties for students on campus. 

"Toxicologists study poisons and how they affect humans 
and the environment," explains Professor Orvos. "We look at 
organic chemicals — DDT and dioxins — or inorganics like 
heav)' metals. For example, when I heard that Sweet Briar used 
to have apple orchards, I immediately thought of arsenic. Fifty 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

About a year ago, Linda Fink, associate professor of biology, 
sat down to write a Sweet Briar field guide, a book that the 
communit)' and visitors could use to explore the natural envi- 
ronment. Instead, she ended up creating a website that serves as 
a resource and meeting place for on and off-campus natural- 

The multipurpose site provides maps and information about 
the sanctuaries and ecological study areas on campus. It is a col- 
lective nature journal, featuring the 
observations of students and fac- 
ulty who are out researching or 
recreating on Sweet Briar's 3,300 
acres. It serves as a virtual kiosk, 
keeping the community informed 
of lectures and events, professional 
and student job opportunities, and 
news related to the Sweet Briar 
landscape. It is worth checking out 
for the photography and artwork 

"I decided to create a place 
where students who are interested 
in natural history would have a 

home, an identity," says Professor Fink. It is part of my goal to 
develop Sweet Briar's reputation as a college that produces the 
best conservation and field biologists in the country. I could 
have the same wish anywhere I taught. But at Sweet Briar, with 
our landscape, commitment, and resources, it's a goal that is 
vvdthin our reach. 

"The website also allows me to send an important message 
to prospective student naturalists. That is, if you 
like the idea of wading up to your waist in mud and 
being bitten by chiggers so that you can answer a 
critical question. Sweet Briar is the place you want 
to be." 

"// is part of my goal to 
develop Sweet Briar's reputa- 
tion as a college that produces 
the best conservation and field 
biologists in the country. I 
could have the same wish 
anywhere I taught. But at 
Sweet Briar, with our land- 
scape, commitment, and 
resources, it's a goal that is 
within our reach. " 

— Linda Fink 

Spring/Summer 2000 

±L uucsnt take long to see that this is an 
institution that can permanently 
change someone's life. As a teacher, that's 
the level of interaction I am looking for. 
The students really swayed me — and 
not just the seniors. I had freshmen and 
sophomores in class, confronting me, 
trying to back me into a corner. " 

— Professor Orvos 

years ago, it was used as an insecticide. I'm planning to have stu- 
dents take soil samples. If arsenic is here, we can study how it's 
been moving through the environment." 

Professor Orvos describes himself as a "garnish," a person with 
a mix of interests and preferences who is not afraid to take 
chances. He is at home both in the outdoors and in the laboratory. 

He almost turned down the opportunity to interview at Sweet 
Briar, concerned that the size of the College might limit its com- 
mitment to an environmental program. The students and admin- 
istrators he met quickly convinced him otherwise. 

"It doesn't take long to see that this is an institution that can 
permanently change someone's 
life," says Professor Orvos. "As a 
teacher, that's the level of interac- 
tion I am looking for. The students 
really swayed me — and not just the 
seniors. I had freshmen and sopho- 
mores in class, confronting me, try- 
ing to back me into a corner. As 
much as I encourage students to 
'get in my face,' I rarely get the 
response I received here. It was 
quite amazing. It knocked me over.' 

In recent years, Professor Orvos 
has become more concerned with 
issues of long-term sustainabUit)' — 
100 to 200 years as opposed to one 
or two years. He has also become 
more active in the "gray areas" of 
environmental science, the places 
where science meets social, politi- 
cal, and economic concerns. 

"A lot of my current interests 
came to the forefront after my son 
was born six years ago," recalls Pro- 
fessor Orvos. "When that hap- 
pened, some little switch clicked and I began to look past the end 
of my nose. I am worried about what his world will be like if some 
things don't change. As a scientist, I'm more willing than ever 
before to jump into the fray. I want to see my students, this 
department, and Sweet Briar College have a lasting impact. The 
possibilities are enormous and I'm looking forward to the chal- 

Perfect Ti 

"So many departments are 
participating in this inter- 
disciplinary approach. 
Even Donna Meeks, the 
grounds superintendent 
and horticulturist, is letting 
the dandelions grow in the 
West Dell rather than 
using herbicides that would 
drain down into the 
biology department's Guion 
Pond. " 

— Judy Baldwin Waxter '49 


Tne Julia B. Waxter Environmental Forum 
at S^veet Briar 

Several years ago, Julia "Judy" Baldwin Waxter '49 and her hus- 
band Bill approached the CoUege with the idea of sponsoring an 
annual environmental forum, lecture, or event. The timing was 
perfect. The College's strategic planning process had just made 
land use management a priority issue and identified Sweet Briar's 
3,300 acre campus as a major educational and recreational asset. 
A government and economics major, Judy has always main- 
tained a strong interest in the sciences. Both she and BUI love the 
outdoors and were particularly inspired by books like Paul 
Hawken's The Ecology of Commerce. The Waxters also share won- 
derfiil memories of the Sweet Briar campus. 

"A half century ago," recalls Judy, "I soaked up the beauty of the 
Sweet Briar landscape: the loop to the monument and dairy and 
back to my dorm; the pleasure of the outing cabin; and walking 
with classmates or BiU on the road to Amherst. 

"We even climbed High Peak, taking the bus to Monroe, walk- 
ing on a lane to the base of the mountain, and making our way up 
without a trail. There was only one small tower on top, but our bub- 
ble burst when we discovered a road leading up from the other side!' 
The Waxter's idea for an annual environmental event put them 
in touch with like-minded members ot the SBC 
community. As things turned out, their thoughts 
were in sync with the College's emerging vision 
for education in the 21^'- century. The Julia B. 
Waxter Environmental Forum at Sweet Briar 
became a feather in the cap of the new Environ- 
mental Program. 

"BiU and I are happy to be part of the envi- 
ronmental initiative," says Judy. "We're impressed 
by President Muhlenfeld's leadership. Sang 
Hwang's impetus, Linda Fink's energy, David 
Orvos' arrival, and the creative planning for two 
new environmentally-oriented majors. So many 
departments are participating in this interdisci- 
plinan' approach. 

"Even Donna Meeks, the grounds superin- 
tendent and horticulturist, is letting the dande- 
lions grow in the West DeU rather than using 
herbicides that would drain down into the biol- 
ogy department's Guion Pond Woodland Gar- 
den below." 

The Waxter Forum debut in 1999 brought 
former Sierra Club president Adam Werbach to 
campus to participate in classes and give a lec- 
ture open to the surrounding community. The visit sparked a 
friendship between Werbach and Professor Hwang, who are co- 
teaching a course on environmental activism next semester. 

The 2000 forum introduced David Orvos to the community. 
His presentation was titled "Invaders in Our Lakes — ^The Effect 
of Exotic Organisms and Residential Development." 

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Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 


Tnree Biolog'y Majors Discuss tneir Senior Projects 

For biologv' majors like Ashley Black '00, Marlena Koper '00, 
and Kim Leach '00, concepts like "hands-on" experiential educa- 
tion or "learning on the land" are not exactly new and exciting 
curricular or co-curricular concepts. It's simply what they do. 

Last year, while other seniors were at the library or on the 
internet, pulling together the resources needed to write their the- 
ses and final papers, Ashley, Marlena, and Kim were headed out- 

Every biology major at Sweet Briar is required to complete a 
senior project. The research that engaged these three majors is 
representative of the t^jies of projects seniors with an interest in 
fieldwork pursue. 

Ashley Black '00, a biology major and environmental studies 
minor, spent the summer of 1999 monitoring piping plovers on 
the barrier island of Chincoteague in northeast Virginia. The team 
consisted of six interns and three biologists. 

The interns worked in shifts from 4:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. 
guarding and observing the birds in an effort to determine if fijr- 
ther protections were needed. The birds nest in the sand on the 
beach and are threatened both by natural predators and sport util- 
ity veliicles. 

Among her responsibilities, Ashley located 
nests, counted eggs, and put up wire 
enclosures to protect them. After the birds 
hatched, the interns took turns shooing 
away eagles and watching for traffic. 

"The experience gave me a clear sense of what it means to put 
together a management plan to protect a species," says Ashley. 
"We did behavior studies and mapped the plover's movements. 
The data wiU help to determine if it is necessary to close the 
beach to vehicles completely during breeding season." 

As part of her senior project, Ashley took 11 years of piping 
plover data, did statistical tests, and created graphs which she 
shared with the Chincoteague researchers. 

Marlena Koper '00 decided to take a closer look at vinca, an 
invasive ground cover, typically planted around homes and gar- 
dens, that has found its way into Sweet Briar's forests. 

"One ot Dr. Fink's ecology students noticed that more acorns 
were being taken away in vinca versus non-vinca areas," explains 
Marlena. "I started wondering if the vinca attracted more noctur- 
nal mice and small mammals, if the ground cover gave them sup- 
port and cover." 


Marlena s three-month long vegetative ^^ 

study involved setting up 64 Sherman 
traps on four vinca and non-vinca plots, 
^■^^K|M each carefully selected to 
W-' mBKk : make sure that vinca was 
the only variable. 

Wearing gloves to avoid scent contamination, Marlena and an 
assistant headed out every day in the early morning to measure, 
weigh, and mark the animals. Halfway through the project, she 
had already gone through five pounds of peanut butter and the 
vinca areas were showing a higher tally of deer mice, white-footed 
mice, and flying squirrels. 

"I had never worked with animals before," says Marlena. "The 
first day was fun. I had two escapes. It's hard to hold a flying squir- 
rel. If the scene had been on video, I'd have received an award!" 

Kim Leach '00 wanted to work with amphibians on campus 
and narrowed her senior research iovm to a project tided "How 
Abiotic Factors Affect the Calling Intensity of Spring Peepers and 
American Toads." 

Using a standardized calling intensity scale (with zero meaning 
silence or no calls and 3 meaning calls so strong that individuals 
cannot be distinguished in a chorus), Kim set out to see if the 
frogs' calls were influenced by air and water temperature, wind 
speed, rainfall, ground temperature, and cloud cover. 

An avid equestrian and captain of the club riding team, Kim 
became interested in calls when she was making a video for her 
field natural history course. "I'm always listening when I'm out 
riding," says Kim. "Anyone who rides with me ends up getting a 
natural history lesson. So, along with two other students, I decided 
to make it official and create a video of what to look and listen for 
when you're out riding on the trails." 

Incorporating her senior research 

into a schedule that included 

evening classes was a challenge. 

Kim maintained four sites, which had her 

out for three hours from dusk to dark twice 

a week and outside at one site every three 

hours day and night on Tuesdays. 

"This is what I love doing," says Kim. "When I spent the fall 
semester of my junior year at the University of Melbourne in Aus- 
tralia, I went on the night hikes, looking for critters — the possums 
in the trees. In high school, I went to Costa Rica to study eyelash 
vipers. Starting in the seventh grade, I volunteered at the Museum 
of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, North Carolina, where I was 
always offering to take home the donated animals: snakes, birds, 
and kangaroo rats. My parents have been very good about it all. 

"Finding Sweet Briar with its combination of a strong biology 
program, a great riding program, and 3,300 acres — I couldn't 
believe it. Everything I was looking for was right here." 

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Spring/Summer 2000 • 7 


A Tapestry or 

SBC Students Participate Directly 
in International Research 

During the summer of 1999 two biology majors, Jennifer Lear '99 
and Marlena Koper '00, ventured into a cloud forest on the 
southern slopes of the Nepal Himalyas during monsoon season 
to increase their field experience, work on their own projects, and 
fijrther faculty research. 

The trek from Pokhara up to the Annapurna Conservation 
Area took four days and required 27 porters. "No stair master can 
prepare you for a hike like that," says Marlena. "It's strenuous and 
hard, but the surroundings are so breathtaking that you completely 
forget about the leeches between your toes." 

Though the College did not directly fijnd the trip, both stu- 
dents were supported through on-campus jobs. Marlena went to 
work restoring the pond behind Guion for Dr. Linda Fink, associ- 
ate professor of biology. Jennifer started her current position 
assisting Lincoln Brower, research professor in biology. 

The story behind the Nepal excursion goes back to the 1998- 
99 academic year when the Sweet Briar Honors Program initiated 
the Jessie Ball duPont Scholars-in-Residence Program. 

The duPont Program invites doctoral candidates to campus to 
diversify the curriculum, enrich the community, and provide stu- 
dents with graduate school role models. The Scholars teach one 
class each semester and participate in co-curricular activities, while 
working to complete their dissertations. 

Participation in the duPont Program is open to all 19 academic 
departments at Sweet Briar; Dr. Fink saw the beauty of it imme- 
diately. The candidate she selected for field biology, Dorothy 
Allard from the Universit}' of Cambridge, had precisely the back- 
ground Dr. Fink was looking for to complement the department. 

Allard had expertise in the geographic positioning systems 
(GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS) Dr. Fink was imple- 
menting to map and manage the College's expansive, forested 
campus. Professor Fink also selected Allard for her professional 
experience: 12 years as a regional ecologist for the Nature Conser- 
vancy and additional service as a consultant to the King Mahendra 
Trust for Nature Conservation in Katmandu. 

AUard's own research was another draw. While conducting 
field research on the southern slopes of the Nepal Himalayas in 
1995, Allard collected specimens of an unusual plant growing on 
the trunks of giant fir trees. When she returned to the University 
of Cambridge, where she was pursuing a doctoral degree in geog- 
raphy, she immediately set out to identify her find. An expert at 
the Royal Botanic Gardens confirmed that her plant was a mem- 
ber of the genus Pedicularis or common lousewort. Beyond that, 
its unique characteristics suggested that Allard may have stumbled 
on a new species. 

During her residency, Allard gave formal and informal talks 
about her research and the trip she was planning to collect flower- 
ing samples of Pedicularis in Nepal. Her offer to take Sweet Briar 
students on the five-week trip was not lost on Jennifer and 

8 • Spring/Summer 2000 

Marlena. Both students scrambled to write proposals and puU the 
flinding together. 

For Marlena, then a junior from New Rochelle, New York, the 
trip was a test. She wanted to confirm that she was cut out for rig- 
orous fieldwork. In addition to helping Dorothy Allard tag and 
press specimens, Marlena proposed performing pollination ecology 
studies on the Pedicularis. For Jennifer, a senior from Des Moines, 
Iowa, the Nepal excursion presented the opportunity to continue 
the tree research she was carrying out under the guidance of 
Lincoln Brower. 

Professor Brower is one of the world's foremost experts on 
monarch butterflies. For 23 years he has been engaged in a cam- 
paign to protect the monarchs' overwintering sites in the moun- 
tains of central Mexico, a handful of ridges where tens of millions 
of monarchs can be found November-March, clinging to the 

Toward the end of the trek, Marlena Koper '00 vvab LuniideniK striding over 
these bridges in time to turn and photograph Jennifer Lear '99 and Professor 
Allard making their way across. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

trunks and branches of ancient oyamel fir trees. 

Legal and illegal commercial logging, fires, and ecotourism are 
threatening to decimate the moisture-and-temperature- sensitive 
swarms ot monarchs whose survival depends upon maintaining 
the density' and health of a narrow belt of high-altitude fir forests. 
These forests, with their specialized ecosystems, constitute less 
than one-half of one percent ot Mexico's land area. 

Since the eastern monarchs' overwintering sites were discovered 
in 1975, Professor Brower has been gathering scientific data to use 
as ammunition in the fight to protect both the ancient firs and the 

rstandinff ^s 

roosting butterflies. Part of his research involves understanding 
how the microclimate of the older, larger trees serves to enhance 
the survival of the monarchs. Sweet Briar students are participat- 
ing in these studies by conducting basic research and working out 
the technical challenges in the sanctuaries on campus. 

"The butterfly colony structures are ver\' dense," explains Pro- 
fessor Browen "There are 2.5 million butterflies per acre. AH of 
them avoid the treetops to prevent heat loss to the night sky. 

The Good News Is... 

Professor Brower Persists In Efforts 

To Protect The Monarch 

Lincoln Brower, research professor in biology, is one of the world's lead- 
ing experts on monarch butterflies. 

In recent months. Professor Brower's participation in an effort to protect 
monarch sanctuaries in Mexico has drawn Vanity Fa/V photographers and 
"Dateline NBC" reporters to the campus. Alumnae have mailed in clippings 
of an article that appeared in the Los Angeles Times in February, the Plain 
Dealer'm March, and Newsday'm May. In June, National Public Radio's "All 
Things Considered" interviewed Professor Brower in his office in Cuion and 
at the home he shares in Nelson County with his wife, Sweet Briar biology 
professor Linda Fink. 

For nearly 25 years, ever since the eastern monarch's overwintering sites 
were discovered in the isolated mountains of central Mexico, Professor 
Brower has been struggling to preserve what he calls an "endangered biologi- 
cal phenomenon." Every winter, from November through March, tens of mil- 
lions of monarchs cluster on 12 tiny remnants of oyamel forest that remain in 
the Mexican highlands. The event is dazzling— an orange blizzard— with but- 
terflies clinging to every inch of the giant fir trees. 

Extinction is not an issue for Professor Brower. Monarch populations are 
not limited to North America. And even here, the eastern monarchs that par- 
ticipate in the annual migration from Canada to Mexico and back again are 
pretty tough. But census data on the eastern but- 
terflies are showing a decline that may spell disas- 
ter for them and for the western population of 
North American monarchs as well. 

If Professor Brower and his colleagues are cor- 
rect, "the long term survival of the western popu- 
lation depends upon occasional large influxes 
from the eastern population." The western 
monarch population that overwinters in California 
is routinely bolstered by eastern monarchs that 
have been blown off their normal course. To the 
east and possibly to the west, the fate of the North 
American monarch hinges on the willingness of 
Mexican loggers, farmers, and tourists to leave the 
oyamel forests intact and undisturbed. 

Alumnae who have seen, read, or heard Professor Brower speak on the 
subject know that legal and illegal commercial logging is seriously altering 
the forest microclimate. When loggers cut down old trees, they are punching 
holes in an oyamel fir blanket that keeps the roosting monarchs warm and 
dry. As a result, the butterflies freeze to death during cold spells that occur 
11,000 feet up in the mountains. Thinning also allows warm air to penetrate 
the forest, prompting the monarchs to disperse too soon. 

Eco-tourism is offering no relief either — just the opposite. The dust clouds 
created during the October-May dry season by eco-tourists on horseback, in 
pickups, and on foot are choking the butterflies, clogging the minuscule 
breathing holes that line their abdomens. 

When he is quoted on these matters. Professor Brower speaks frankly 
about a situation he views as "a hell of a mess." In 1 986, the Mexican gov- 
ernment issued a decree banning logging inside a modest 62-square-mile 
area of the endangered oyamel forest, thereby protecting 1 7 square miles of 
core butterfly territory. In response, angry loggers clear cut the Chivati- 
Huacal, one of five sanctuaries protected by the decree. Things have been 

"Sweet Bj-iaj- is a very sophisticated 
little place. Students here can initiate 
and participate in research that is not 
beholden to anybody. Having that free- 
dom, adding to the diversity of 
approaches, is an important part of our 

culture. " 

— Lincoln Brower 

Dust clouds created by eco-tourists are choking the butterflies. 

going downhill ever since. 

The good news is that Professor Brower is not giving up. He is traveling 
to Mexico several times a year, working with the World Wildlife Fund and 
like-minded environmental groups in Mexico to craft a new presidential 

Among its objectives, the revised document would enlarge the five sanc- 
tuaries, adding the natural resources required to help sustain the remaining 
high altitude, cloud-forest ecosystem. The new plan would also take socioe- 
conomic concerns into account, developing wood lots for cutting below the 
oyamel forest and rotating tourism sites. Education is another goal, getting 
people to see the ecological wisdom and realize the long-term benefits of 
protecting their own forests. 

"The forest is not regenerating," says Brower. "There are lots of places 

where seedlings are not getting reestablished. This 
is a self-sustaining delicate ecosystem, where fog 
condenses on the needles of the trees. I suspect 
that 'fog drip' contributes very significantly to the 
rainfall totals on these little forest islands that stick 
up at high altitude in an otherwise arid area. 
Almost all the water local towns down below use 
is coming off these mountains. Their water sup- 
plies are jeopardized by thinning the oyamel for- 

Professor Brower is involving his students in 
the research— the hard science — he needs to sup- 
port his efforts. In addition to issues directly 
related to monarchs and the oyamel forests, stu- 
dents may begin investigating a possible new threat to the butterflies: Bt 
pollen from corn plants genetically engineered to produce a toxin lethal to 
the European corn borer. 

According to Professor Brower, the majority of North American monarchs 
reproduce in the corn belt, where a quarter of the crop's 80 million acres is 
planted with Bt seed. 

Last year, scientists at Cornell University published alarming findings in 
the journal Nature. To test the effects of Bt corn on non-target species, the 
researchers dusted milkweed leaves with Bt corn pollen. Milkweed plays an 
essential role in the monarch's life cycle, supplying larvae with food and 
chemical defenses. The monarch caterpillars exposed to the Bt pollen were 
killed or stunted. The biotech industry is challenging the study. 

"Sweet Briar is a very sophisticated little place," says Professor Brower 
"Students here can initiate and participate in research that is not beholden to 
anybody. Having that freedom, adding to the diversity of approaches, is an 
important part of our culture. 

"The thing of it is, all wildlife is being impacted by too many people. We 
happen to see it with the monarch because it's such a popular creature." 

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SprinjySummer2000 • 9 

a,,_..c.;a, the)- cluster on the lower branches and wrap themselves 
around the tree trunks. 

"The way the mountains are oriented, northern storms out of 
Canada penetrate across the Tropic of Cancer in Mexico. Eleven 
thousand feet up in the oyamel forests, the butterflies are subject 
to brief but intense cold spells. During those periods, I noticed 
that the butterflies on the trunks of the trees had a higher survival 
rate. I thought about it for a long time and came up with the 
hypothesis that a tree trunk is like a hot water bottle. 

Mapping the Future: Professor Fink 
Brings Critical, Useful Technologies to 

Linda Fink, associate professor of biology, saw it coming. 
In recent years sfie has devoted large portions of her sabbatical leave 
and spare time to mastering the use of global positioning system (GPS) and 
geographical information system (CIS) technologies. 

CPS/GIS skills are in demand in a wide variety of fields, from advertis- 
ing to wastewater treatment. Right now, Professor Fink's students are glad 
she took the lead in bringing GPS devices and Arc View GIS software to 
campus. In time, the entire community will directly or indirectly benefit 
from it. (See "Creating Maps For The Riding Center Helps Diana Booth '00 
Find Her Career Path" in this issue.) 

The quality of the GPS navigational information used by pilots, drivers, 
boaters, hikers, and skiers dramatically improved last spring when the mili- 
tary discontinued the practice of "dimming" the accuracy of civilian 
devices. When GPS and other data are integrated with GIS mapping soft- 
ware, the combination can help people pinpoint water and sewer lines, 
track criminal activity, reroute delivery trucks, monitor the spread of fires, 
analyze disease trends, or tell landscapers exactly which trees to prune 

In the biology department, students are taking 
retired Professor Buck Edwards' hand-drawn maps 
and meticulous field notes on the COSIP transect 
(located in Fern Woods southwest of the Riding Cen- 
ter) and entering his data into a computer. Then, stu- 
dents like Andrea Capano '99 are following up by 
remapping and permanently tagging all the trees in 
the same area. When both databases are merged and 
graphically displayed, the results are spectacular. 
Click on an individual red maple, check on its 
health, and see how much it has grown in 10 years. 
Click on an early successional species like the pines 
and see them die off and disappear as the forest con- 
tinues to age and evolve. Even more exciting, what 
has been done using trees in this example can just as 
easily be applied to reveal the changing characteristics of birds, insects, 
fungi, beavers, flowers, and salamanders on campus. 

Layering archival and current information over aerial maps of the Col- 
lege has the potential not only 
1(1 expose students to the lat- 
I'st technologies used in field- 
work and research, it gives 
the College a powerful map- 
ping and 

decision-making tool. The 
Riding Center, the Physical 
■'lant. Finance and Adminis- 
ii.ition, SWEBOPandthe 
(department of Safety are just 
lew of the offices that will 
.entually benefit from its 

"Back at Sweet Briar, I worked out the methodology with Gina 
Campbell '00. Then, Jennifer tested the hot water bottle hypothe- 
sis on larger scale in the pine forests here." 

Jennifer's senior project entailed collecting data on pine trees in 
the Sweet Briar woods. These small, Excel-compatible digital log- 
ging devices she installed on the trunks of the pines recorded the 
temperature of the bark and the ambient air temperature every 30 
minutes. The experiment showed that in November at SBC, when 
a cold front passes through, the air temperature can be 10 degrees 
lower than the surface temperature of a tree trunk. The larger the 
tree, the warmer the trunk. 

"At minus 8 degrees Celsius (17.6 F), 50 percent of the mon- 
archs will die — if they are dry," says Professor Brower. "If the 
monarchs are wet and exposed to the night sky, 50 percent will die 
at minus 4 degrees. The value of the trees as hot water bottles and 
as umbrellas is critical. What Gina and Jennifer did here was 
demonstrate that the hot water bottle effect is real — and their 
work has since been repeated in Mexico." 

In addition to pure adventure, Jennifer was interested in Nepal 
because the site was at the same altitude and latitude as the 
monarch sanctuaries in Mexico. Even more intriguing, the mature 
silver fir trees (Abies spectabOis) in Nepal's Annapurna Conserva- 
tion Area were the same genus as the oyamel fu"s in Mexico. The 
thought of getting additional data from the virgin forests of Anna- 
purna proved irresistible. 

"Dorothy AUard's Pedicularis, an epiphyte, grows on the trunks 
of trees in fir forests," says Jennifer "One of my questions was to 
see if an epiphyte acts like a butterfly, if the heat from the trunks 
of the trees had any effect. The age and size of the trees was also 
important. The climate on the surface of a big old tree is funda- 
^j _^ . - -. .„ mentally different from the same tree 

What Kjina anajennijer at half the size. Cutting down an old 

did here was demonstrate 7^ "^'^ p^^"^^"^^ ^ ^'^ T '" ''' 

place IS not an even swap. 

that the hot water bottle 

effect is real — and their 

work has since been 

repeated in Mexico. " 

-Lincoln Brower 

In addition to gathering hard data, 
camping in the Himalyas during the 
monsoon season gave Jennifer special 
insight into the monarch's pHght. 
"Being wet at that altitude," says 
Jennifer, "I discovered that having a 
hot water bottle really does help. I 
slept with one every night." 

Among her responsibilities, Mar- 
lena helped to create continuous plots of fir trees; counted, meas- 
ured, and tagged the trees within each plot; and tagged 357 of the 
unknown species of Pedicularis. She put her nets and jars to work 
on her own pollinator studies (curiously, there were flies but no 
bees). She also discovered another use for a plant press. "We used 
the press to dry our socks and underwear," says Marlena. "It was 
nice to have because our clothes were damp all the time." 

This summer, a few weeks after she graduates, Marlena will be 
in a sub- alpine fir "wave" forest near Lake Placid, New York 
counting cones and seedlings, and coring and measuring DBH on 
Balsam fir (Abies balsamea) trees. Jennifer, who has been on cam- 
pus archiving data and photographs for Professor Brower, is start- 
ing a master's program in biology with a concentration in marine 
life at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. 

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Nature Journals 

Integrating tne Land witn Art, Science, and. Literature 

Science professors and students are not the only ones to take 
advantage of SBC's 3,300-acre outdoor classroom. Twice, Laura 
Pharis, associate professor of studio art, has teamed up with Pro- 
fessor Fink in biology to offer a "Nature Journals" course. Next 
spring, Marcia Robertson, associate professor of English, is offer- 
ing an Honors Seminar tided "Reading and Writing About the 
Natural World." 

For Professor Pharis, the "Nature Journals" course underscored 
a change taking place in her own work. Raised in the cit)', with a 
B.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, a 
special advanced studies year in London, and an M.F.A. from the 
University of Wisconsin in Madison, she arrived at Sweet Briar 
with an urban sensibility. 

"I never thought that I would be incorporating nature into my 
work to the extent I am now," says Professor Pharis. "You can't 
help but be influenced by the surroundings here. It affects you 
before you become aware of it. It's magical. 

"The journals class included a combination of set and open 
assignments. Every student had to raise a tobacco horn worm — 
fast growing caterpillars with cute tails — and draw it every day. 
The writings and drawings they did for their own projects were 
gorgeous. Students made the paper for the front and back covers 
of their journals and bound their books with sticks they found on 
the ground. 

"One smdent created a stunning piece on the Constitution 
Oaks Sancmary at the entrance of the College. Another drew a 
particular spot on campus at different times of the day. Professor 
Fink has posted portions of Appreciation of Random Botany' by 

True to His Beliefs: 

Professor Buck Edwards' "Naturalist-in- 

Residence Program" Starts This Summer 

From the day he began teaching in 1965, Ernest P. "Buck" Edwards, 
Sweet Briar's Dorys McConnell Duberg Professor of Ecology Emeritus, has 
used the campus land as a laboratory. 

"My feeling is that the first and best use of the forest is for educational 
purposes," says Professor Edwards. Unless someone can make an extraordi- 
nary argument otherwise, education is the default." 

True to his beliefs. Professor Edwards recently made a generous gift to the 
College that includes funding for a "Naturalist-in- 
Residence Program." (See "Reading the Land" on 
the inside back cover of this issue.) 

Open to Ph.D. candidates, postdoctoral fel- 
lows, and Ph.D. -level field scientists, the three 
major goals of the program are: to provide high 
quality field research experience for Sweet Briar 
students, increase our knowledge about the bio- 
diversity of the land, and increase the visibility 
and reputation of the College as a field research 

This summer, the grant has been given to an 
ornithologist. Blodwyn "Wendy" M. Mclntyre is 
a doctoral degree candidate in environmental 
sciences at the University of Virginia. She earned 
her master's in forestry at Duke University's 
School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences 
and her bachelor of science degree in ecology 
from The Colorado College in Colorado Springs. 

"Sweet Briar's proposal," says Wendy, "was 
similar to my dissertation work, which required 
training five undergraduates to survey birds and 
collect habitat data in Albemarle County, 

"One significant difference will be in the 
area of CIS and statistical analysis. The students 1 
worked with before were purely field assistants. At 
Sweet Briar, I'll be using a student on the data entry and analysis end, too. 
Professor Fink in the biology department has already created detailed maps. 
We'll be able to put our points— all 50 to 75 locations — on her map." 

For Wendy, the summer position is giving her an opportunity to test the 
statistical model she developed for her dissertation and perfect her tech- 
niques. For Megan Ogilvie '02, a rising junior and newly declared environ- 
mental science major from Canada, the summer job has exceeded her 

"I grew up on a farm and I ride horses," says 
Megan. "I'm used to long hours, working outside 
in the heat, getting bitten by insects. When I 
picked my major, I let Professor Fink know that I 
was interested in an internship. But I wasn't 
expecting to do something this exciting this soon. 

"This is perfect timing for me. I had already 
taken a whole sequence of biology and chemistry 
courses, planning to put together my own environ- 
mental studies major. Then, the program became 
a reality. The longer I'm at Sweet Briar, the more 
opportunities like this keep coming to the sur- 
face — in academics, athletics, and co-curricular 

This summer Wendy and Megan will create a foundation for further 
fieldwork in the area of biodiversity on campus. For example, the plots they 
inventory can be used to survey and study small mammals. 

"Biodiversity is becoming a valuable commodity, says Wendy. "Main- 
taining biodiversity as a goal in land use planning is a relatively new thing 
and a wonderful idea. It would be nice to study all animals. But birds are 
easy to count and they indicate other habitats. It's a good place to start." 

Wendy Mclntyre 

Megan Ogilvie '02 

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Spring/Summer 2000 

_v-i^; ivogowski '99 on her website [ ]." 

Unlike Professor Pharis, Professor Robertson arrived at Sweet 
Briar with a bit more experience in the outdoors. She is a hiker 
and horseback rider who occasionally fishes. 

"To compare myself to someone like SWEBOP's Laura 
Staman, to say I am anj'where near her category, would be blas- 
phemy," laughs Professor Robertson. "I am an outdoor dilettante." 

Professor Robertson views her upcoming course as a way to 
support both the Learning on the Land initiative and the 
Environmental Studies Program. She is looking forward to broad- 
ening her literary training and hopes to attract both humanities 
and science students. 

"Sang Hwang," Professor Robertson recalls, "put the bug in my 
ear years ago. Linda Fink will be leading some of the nature walks. 
What pleases me about this topic is that nature writers come out 
of so many different fields. 

"We all have interests and talents that go beyond our profes- 
sional hves. I want students in my discipline to know the benefits 
of close, scientific observation. I want science students to discover 
that they're capable of storytelling. Part of what Sweet Briar is 
about is to encourage these types of interactions." 

"We all have interests and talents that 
go beyond our professional lives. I want 
students in my discipline to know the 
benefits of close, scientific observation. 
I want science students to discover 
that they're capable of storytelling. 
Part of what Sweet Briar is about is 
to encourage these types of interactions. " 

— Marcia Robertson 

Ralpn Adams Cram 
vs.Tne CraD Apples 

Tricia Hamilton '01 Leaas the Students' Fi^Kt 
to Save the Trees 

Tricia Hamilton '01 had not done anything like it before. 

In April 1999, three weeks before the end of classes, with tests 
looming and papers to write, she found herself leading an effort to 
save the crab apple trees in front of Benedict. 

In biology class. Professor Fink had mentioned that summer 
restoration plans for the Benedict wall included removing the 50- 
75 year-old trees — natural landmarks which students used to study 
bees in the spring. 

"In addition to being beautifiil," says Tricia, "tree experts visit- 
ing the campus had noted that our crab apples were incredible 
specimens. Cutting them down without first considering some 
alternative seemed reckless — especially to the Classes of 2001 and 
2002, which had gone through the 'Learning on the Land' orien- 

"That evening, during a lull in the conversation at dinner, I 
raised the issue and the reaction was overwhelming. The crab 
apples were in bloom and everyone knew exacdy which trees I was 
talking about." 

Inspired, Tricia started by e-mailing a petition to her classmates 
and received 300 responses in three days. Half the student body 
read the document, added their names, and wrote comments 
about seeing the trees during their prospective student visits, using 
the crab apples as a backdrop in their photographs, and counting 
on the blossoms to cheer them on their way to exams. A tew 
objected to Ralph Adams Cram's built environment taking prece- 
dence over the natural environment. Most called for a compro- 

Tricia gathered the names and comments and submitted them 
in a letter to President Muhlenfeld. The president acknowledged 
the students' concerns and looked into the situation. On April 30, 
the administration announced that only the smallest of the crab 

The Fletcher Oak: An Old Favorite Gets Extra Care from the Grounds Crew 

Donna Meeks, Sweet Briar's new grounds 
superintendent and horticulturist, delivered the 
unhappy news as delicately as she could. 

"I can't say we are saving the Fletcher Oak/' 
she explained. "We are trying to extend its life." 

Donna, who received her master's degree in 
landscape design with a concentration in commu- 
nity development from Virginia Tech, understands 
that the tree is a natural landmark and an old 
favorite among students, alumnae, faculty, and 

"Mother Nature is stronger than we are," says 
Donna. "If we did nothing, the tree would go 
down quickly. But because the Fletcher Oak is 
important to this community, we're doing as much 
as we can to keep it from being stressed. 

"It's similar to what happens to people: when 
our immune systems get run down, we get sick. 
We're trying to build up the red oak's health. We 
pruned out a lot of the dead wood last fall. We're 
injecting natural, helpful fungi into the soil and 
also treating the tree for a fungus that is not good. 
We're fertilizing, watering, and keeping our fin- 
gers crossed that we don't have another drought 
this summer." 

Fans of the Fletcher Oak, including President 
Muhlenfeld, appreciate the extra effort the 
grounds crew is making, giving the tree the care- 
ful attention it needs to stand tall and grace the 
campus a good while longer. 
Photo by Elisabeth Muhlenfeld: Fletcher Oak 7:00 a.m. 
Christmas Day, 1999 

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apples would have to be removed. The two remaining trees would 
undergo careful pruning to open the view of Cram's balustrade. 

This spring, the trees were back in bloom, helping to mask the 
unsighdy construction in front of Benedict. Tricia was not here to 
see them. 

The summer after her sophomore year, she headed to Michi- 
gan State University to participate in the National Science Foun- 
dation's "Research Elxperience for Undergraduates." The 
three-month program allowed her to work with a professor and 
graduate students on an aquatic ecology project. 

Tricia, who is interested in ichthyology (the study offish), fol- 
lowed her summer experience with a junior year "abroad" studying 
marine biology at Texas ASdVI Universirv in Galveston. 

She returned to Sweet Briar this summer to get a jump on her 
Honors thesis, studying the effects of stock trout on natural trout, 
other fish, and insects in nearby mountain streams. 

"A lot of us who were going away or abroad wondered if we 
were really prepared," says Tricia. "AH I can sav is the caliber of my 
Sweet Briar education ranks very high; the biology department is 
strong. I've discovered that I'm well-rounded and have more 
"hands-on" experience, so I've retained things better. My first two 
years, I was in small labs, working out in the field with Ph.D.s. I 
didn't realize how special that experience was until I didn't have it 
anymore. I'm looking forward to my senior year." 


No Better Place 

Penelope "Penny" Lane Czarra '75 HigkligKts tke 

Advantages ot Majoring in Environmental Studies at 

bweet Briar 

Sweet Briar's environmental program has been evolving infor- 
mally for decades. 

Twenty-five years ago, Penelope "Penny" Lane Czarra '75 self- 
designed an interdisciplinary major in human ecology. (Today, a 
similar combination of science, sociology, history, politics, and phi- 
losophy is available as an environmental studies concentration in 
global environment and sustainable development.) 

Alter graduation. Penny 
continued her studies at the 
Harvard Graduate School of 
Design, where she received a 
master's in city planning with a 
concentration in international 
development in 1978. Several 
years later, in 1985, she was 
named a Loeb Fellow in 
Advanced Environmental 
Studies at Harvard in recogni- 
tion of her work with rural 
development organizations in 
South Asia. 

Penny's professional experi- 
ence includes six years "on the 
ground" in India, working wdth 
poor villagers in the Bhal 
region of Gujarat State to cre- 
ate an organization called 
UTTHAN, which means "to 
rise up." Back in the U.S., she 
has served as a project officer 
for Appropriate Technology 
International (ATI) in 

Washington, D.C., developing land-use techniques for non- 
experts in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Indonesia. 

In recent years. Penny has focused on global education efforts 
in this country, producing innovative programming which pre- 
miered on The Learning Channel. Her company, Global View, 
created the series 'Eastern Europe: Breaking with the Past" 
(1990), "Earthscope" (1991), and "US" (1996). 

"The most important lesson — the thing that 'saved me' out in 
the field — was something I learned at Sweet Briar," explains 
Penny. "That is, you have to keep an open mind, you have to lis- 
ten, and you have to join a situation in order to make sound deci- 

Spring/Summer 2000 • 13 

"Tbe most Important 
lesson — the thing 
that 'saved me' out 
in the field — was 
something I learned 
at Sweet Briar. That 
is, you have to keep 
an open mind, you 
have to listen, and 
you have to join a 
situation in order to 
make sound deci- 


-Penny Lane Czarra '75 


"1 oi example, concerning India, the otFicial thinking was that 
you should never bring tractors into poor agricultural areas 
because tractors would put uneducated laborers out of work. But, 
in the community where I lived, people desperately wanted a trac- 
tor to free up some labor, so they could make incremental 
improvements in other basic areas. It's very frustrating and, in 
cases like that, your only hope is to stick together and persist. In 
fact, the close sense of community I felt in India was very much 
like the one I found at Sweet Briar — I always equate the two." 

Based on her experience, Penny believes that SBC is the ideal 
setting for an environmental studies program. "Environmental 
studies," she says, "is a field that needs leaders and Sweet Briar 
buUds leaders. The CoUege is a place where you can talk about the 
need for sensitivity, judgement, teamwork, and moral support. 

"The campus — the land — is a wonderftil, natural laboratory. 
But I want to stress that it's the people, too, that make the differ- 
ence. Exploring environmental issues and finding solutions 
requires a great deal of interaction. The quality of intense, personal 
interaction at the College is something that distinguishes a Sweet 
Briar education. 

"I can't think of a better place to study environmental issues or 
a better discipline to show the world what Sweet Briar is all 

Turniii^ tne Tiae 

on Mangrove 


Carole Mclvor '71, 
Fisneries Research Biolog'ist, USGb 

Carole Mclvor '71, a fisheries research biologist, is fascinated 
by mangrove forests. Her current position with the U. S. Geologi- 
cal Survey (USGS) allows her to research the combined impacts 
of rising sea levels and the restoration of the Everglades on fishes 
associated with mangroves. (Carole is one of the first biologists to 
be located at the Center for Coastal Geology in St. Petersburg, 
Florida; others are scheduled to follow.) 

". . . the vagaries of the tides can throw 
you a curve ball. But I love it. Man- 
groves do something for me at a core 
level. " 

— Carole Mclvor '71 

Mangroves are woody plants that thrive in salty, coastal areas — 
at the boundary between marine and terrestrial environments in 
subtropical and tropical areas worldwide. Mangrove or tidal forests 
provide rich habitats for juvenile fish, serve as nesting sites for 
birds, and provide protection to human habitations from 
hurricane-force winds and tidal surges. 

One hundred years ago in the United States, mangrove forests 
were considered useless swamps. Many were harvested whUe oth- 
ers were impounded for mosquito control, or drained, dredged, 
and converted into ports, farms, or prime waterfront real estate for 
housing developments. Fortunately some of the most extensive 
and robust mangrove forests in the U.S. occur in areas presendy 
protected within wildlife refiiges or national parks in South 

Damage to the nation's coastal wedands (subtropical mangroves 
and temperate salt marshes) has been extensive. Mangroves and 
salt marshes unfortunately grow exacdy where most people want to 
be located — in sheltered areas near the seashore. More than half of 
all Americans live within an hour's drive of a coastline: the ocean, 
the Gulf of Mexico, or the Great Lakes. 


An Uphill Battle: 
Professor Sprague Recalls 
SBC's Pioneering Efforts i' 
Environmental Studies 

Elizabeth F. Sprague, retired professor of biol- 
ogy and Dorys McConnell Duberg Professor of 
Ecology Emerita, describes the campus as "made 
to order" for training in the environmental sci- 
ences. She should know. In addition to teaching 
field biology, Professor Sprague was among a 
group of faculty that came together to teach envi- 
ronmental studies in the early 1970s. 

Funding from the National Science Foundation 
provided support for professors from different dis- 

ciplines—professors like Milan Hapala in govern- 
ment, Jane Belcher in biology and Elizabeth 
Wentworth in philosophy— to expand the curricu- 
lum, purchase equipment, and encourage student 
research and outreach in environmental studies. 

"It was an uphill battle," recalls Professor 
Sprague. "Some people argued that environmental 
studies would 'dilute' individual departments. I 
felt strongly from the beginning that environmen- 
tal problems involved every discipline, including 
music, art, and writing— things that could help 
environmentally-minded people convey and sell 
their ideas. Convincing the public was going to be 
the hardest part. Back then, I can't tell you what a 
joy it was to find even one small environmentally- 
oriented article in a general newspaper or maga- 

Professor Sprague 
introduced generations of 
students to the subject, 
using the Sierra Club's 
landmark book, Jh\i is 
the American Eartli, by 
Nancy Newhall, Ansel 
Adams, David Brower, 
and Beaumont Newhall 
as a core text. She also 
incorporated her own 
slides into her lectures. 

"Whatever you can do to teach and influence 
people to change their behavior and conserve 
resources is worthwhile. The whole world is semi- 
cognizant of environmental issues these days. And 
that's a good start." 

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"Mangroves are my favorite ecosystem," says Carole. "It's a 
tough environment — lots of biting insects and mud. Water levels 
change everv six hours. Since I work in that portion of the forest 
that is alternately flooded and drained by the tides, the vagaries of 
the tides can throw you a curve ball. But I love it. Mangroves do 
something tor me at a core level." 

Over the years, Carole has succeeded in adapting her research 
interests to a wide range of environments. In 1988, she was the 
research coordinator for the Marine Laboratory's (Woods Hole, 
Massachusetts) Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Tundra 
Ecosystem site on the north slope of Alaska. She spent five years 
at the Umversir\' of Florida (1988-93), researching and teaching 
through the U.S. Fish and WUdUfe Service's Cooperative Units 
Program. Within the same program, she headed oflf to Arizona 
(1993-98) to work as a desert fish ecologist, researching 
hydrologically-modified ecosystems of the Colorado River. 

Carole's interest in ecology and tidal forests began at Sweet 
Briar. "I know all alumnae magazines want to hear this," she says. 
"But it is completely true. The College gave me incredible tools — 
everything I needed to begin pursuing my love. 

"The biology department was really strong," continues Carole. 
"My senior year, Professor Ehzabeth Sprague received a National 
Science Foundation grant to bring nationally-recognized guest 
speakers in ecology to our class almost every week. It was the cap- 
stone experience of my Sweet Briar education. 

"One of the speakers. Dr. WUliam E. Odum from the 
University of Virginia, an expert on mangrove forests in the 
Florida Everglades, eventually became my advisor and mentor. I 
did my dissertation on a tidal wetiand system on the shores of the 
Chesapeake Bay. However, before I went to graduate school. 
Professor Sprague was instrumental in making sure I went abroad 
to study ecology in Australia through the Thomas J. Watson 

The Watson Fellowship granted Carole a postgraduate year of 
independent study and travel abroad. When her year was up, she 
remained in Australia as a lab instructor at the Queensland 
Institute of Technology and as a consultant for a firm that pro- 
duced environmental impact statements. "Professor Sprague's 
prompting me to go abroad made aU the difference," says Carole. 
"The entire four -year experience in Australia — 1971-75 — gave me 
a very important international view of environmental concerns." 

Carole has studied fish in the tidal forests of Australia, Mexico, 
and Micronesia. But she is now ready to settle down and con- 
tribute to the long-term restoration of the mangroves that are part 
of the Florida Everglades. 

"The variables I'm measuring ultimately will affect how the 
restoration is done," explains Carole. "The whole process of taking 
a management action, measuring its effects, and modifying the 
action Lf necessary is called adaptive management. Engineers make 
changes and I collect basic scientific data on how plants and ani- 
mals are responding to those changes. I, along with a host of other 
researchers, help to answer the question: Are the engineers achiev- 
ing the desired outcome when they fiU in canals or remove levees, 
for example — or do they need to tweak the process? 

"It has taken me a long time to get here; I took some tangents. 
But I foresee no more moves. This is the ecosystem and set of 
environmental problems I see myself focusing on to the end of my 
career. This is my dream job." 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Cnasin^ tne Wind 

Marine CKemist, Eden Rue '89, Spends Her 3ra Field 
Season Studying West Coast Waters 

This summer Eden Rue '89, a chemist with the Institute for 
Marine Science at the University of California, Santa Cruz, wiU 
spend 40 days working around the clock on a research vessel with 
34 other scientists, chasing the winds along the coastlines of 
North, Central, and South America. 

The expedition, fijnded by the National Science Foundation 
and the Office of Naval Research, is studying the west coasts of 
continents, the dynamic interface between the land and sea, where 
winds drive the nutrient-rich upwellings that feed fisheries from 
California to Chili. 

"We're looking for really rough water — lots of swell and big 
waves," says Eden. "The crew runs away when they see us coming. 
The chef is especially unhappy because he has to continue to pre- 
pare meals under those conditions." 

Eden, a native of land-locked Minnesota, is used to dealing 
with the physical, intellectual, and interpersonal challenges of 
marine research. During her junior year at Sweet Briar, at the urg- 
ing of biology professor Margaret Simpson, she applied for and 
received a competitive summer student fellowship at Woods Hole 
Oceanographic Institution. 

"It was typical of the Sweet Briar facult)'," recalls Eden. "When 
it comes to guidance and encouragement, the sky is the hmit. 
They knew I had a strong enough foundation in chemistry, math, 
physics, and biology — which is something that is being stressed in 
the new Environmental Studies Program — to be able to look 
across disciplines and work effectively out in the environment as 
opposed to the lab. 

Spring/Summer iUUU • 15 

Mtesa Cottemond and members ol Unity have a 
rousing conversation at the Bistro. 

Mtesa Cottemond '94, Talks 
About Yale, Westinghouse, 
and Environmental Law 

I Mtesa Cottemond '94, a government and environmental studies major, 
returned to campus last spring to talk to students about her law school and 
career experiences. 

An environmental attorney for Westinghouse, Mtesa works closely with 
the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and 
the EPA in Atlanta on compliance issues at the Savannah River site. The 
300-square-mile former nuclear weapons facility is owned by the Depart- 
ment of Energy (DOE) and operated by the Westinghouse Savannah River 
Company and other subcontractors. 

"Our main focus is cleanup," says Mtesa. "Vitrification, locking haz- 
ardous waste in glass for storage and disposal, is a good example. It's a very 
durable technology, the materials don't leach out into the environment. 

"The Savannah site is a huge group of facilities monitored by the state 
and independent labs. A lot of my focus is on clean water. It's a great way 
to learn environmental law because it's all I do." 

At Yale Law School, Mtesa participated in policy clinics to gain practi- 
cal experience. Through summer internships and for a year after gradua- 
tion, she sampled a variety of possibilities before settling on environmental 

"Yale gives you a foundation," says 
Mtesa. "You learn to think like a lawyer. It's 
up to you to find your niche. 

"Academically, I was well prepared. 
The biggest shock was the culture: the 
larger classes, being in a city, and men— it 
was funny at first, going back info a coed 

During her three-day Alumna-in- 
Residence visit, Mtesa dined with Phi 
Alpha Delta and Tau Phi students interested 
in law school and careers. She participated 
in government and environmental studies 
classes and met one-on-one with students 
in Career Services. A group of Unity offi- 
cers and members turned out for an infor- 
mal gathering at the Bistro. Mtesa also 
touched base with students in the Young 
Democrats, Taps-n-Toes, and Paint-&- 

"One student asked me about Sweet 
Briar's reputation. I told her that when I was at the EPA in Washington, D.C, 
during a January Term internship, people there thought well of the College. 
Organizations who know us love us. It's up to each of us to build the Col- 
lege's reputation in places where we're not well known. 

"The most important thing is that Sweet Briar gives you the academic 
foundation, the leadership and internship experiences, and the personal 
recommendations you need in addition to your LSAT scores. You can get to 
where you want to go from here." 

''You cant keep your 
observations to your- 
self. That's one thing 
Tm glad I learned early 
on at Sweet Briar: To 
be a good scientist you 
have to be able to artic- 
ulate your thoughts and 

ideas. " 

—Eden Rue '89 

"I had goose bumps the entire summer. It all came together 
and I knew where I wanted to put my energy. My senior year I 
searched for graduate programs that would allow me to apply 
chemistry to the oceans." 

Eden pursued her Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of 
California, Santa Cruz, working in the areas of chemical oceanog- 
raphy, biogeochemical cycling of trace metals, aquatic chemistry, 
and instrumental analysis. She describes the experience as "spend- 
ing a lot of time on big ships in the middle of nowhere." 

According to Eden, practicing science these days requires being 
out in the field. "It used to be that you could take a measurement, 
go back to the lab, and, several years later, make sense of it," 
explains Eden. "These days the rule is more, better, taster. 

"The instruments we deploy off the side of the ship beam 
data — temperature, salt content, oxygen levels — to us in real time. 
I'm on the ship with a team ot biologists, chemists, physicists, and 
computer scientists who meet every day to make plans, present 
results and ideas, and try to figure out the 'big picture.' 

"You can't keep your observations to yourself That's one thing 
I'm glad I learned early on at Sweet Briar: To be a good scientist 
vou have to be able to articulate your thoughts and ideas. And it's 
not just 'if A, then B.' It's important to think about the ramifica- 
tions of your observations and put them in the context of complex 
human and planetary interests." 

In order to research fUl-time, Eden resigned her tenure-track 
position at California State University in Monterey Bay. But she 
has not given up teaching. Eden minored in Spanish at SBC and 
is now using her language skills teaching elementary school teach- 
ers how to teach science in a program called LASERS, Language 
Acquisition in Science Education for Rural Schools. 

"Because it's California, many of the teachers work in Spanish- 
speaking communities with few resources," says Eden. "When I 
returned to Santa Cruz, I volunteered to teach a section on water 
and got hooked. Seeing the light bulbs turn on over people's heads 
is such a great feeling. 

"Teachers are afraid of science because they're 
afraid of not knowing the answers. I show them how 
to learn along with their students, using things like 
salt and sugar to perform experiments. It's actually 
something I used to do at Sweet Briar, teaching sixth 
graders how to have fun with chemistry." 

Last November, Eden returned to campus to 
receive the Helen Gager Award for alumnae contribu- 
tions in science. The event coincided with a prospec- 
tive student weekend, and she was more than happy 
to speak with parents after her presentation. 

"I chose Sweet Briar for the science faculty," says 
Eden. "I was on an intense science track, but I had the 
ftdl attention of my professors. Through them, I 
learned the purpose of aU those nerdy equations. It 
matters how you solve for X when it affects the health 
of a bird or a fish. 
"Professors like Susan Piepho, John McClenon, and George 
Lenz helped me understand the purpose behind what I was learn- 
ing, the applications of science toward the betterment ot the 

"I had the desire to challenge myself but it helped to be in an 
environment where everyone around me was saving, go, go, go!" 

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Playing tne Field 

Rush Harris '98 Jumps rrom One Researcn Project to Another Beiore Setthn^ Down to Grad School 

After graduation, biology major Rush Harris '98 spent nearly 
two years "working tor food," while she increased her repertoire of 
field skills. "There are things you can't learn in class," says Rush. 
"Capturing and radio coUaring a mountain lion is very different 
from trapping and collaring a four-pound giiina cat. Trial and 
error eats up research time; there's no way to completely avoid it. 
But hopefiiUy someday, when I'm doing my Ph.D. project, I'll be a 
litde bit better prepared." 

During her Junior Year Abroad at Central Queensland 
University' in Australia, Rush volunteered to assist professors and 
graduate students on one to two week-long projects. She radio 
tracked koalas; performed a vegetation analysis of a near-extinct 
species of wallaby habitat; and studied the fauna around a rehabili- 
tated strip mine, whUe also indexing the small animals — snakes, 
lizards and frogs — returning to live at the site. 

By the time she remrned to SBC, Rush was ready to start her 
senior research project. She wanted to explore the significance of 
the fuzzy green algae that disperses through the dense, gelatinous 
salamander egg masses floating in the pond behind Guion. One 
theory holds that the algae symbioticaUy supplies ox\'gen to the 
salamanders trapped deep inside the golf-ball size sacs, helping 
them to develop correctly. Rush set out to test this theory. But, by 
the time she developed a reliable method of controUing oxygena- 
tion by floating covered and uncovered egg sacs in handmade bas- 
kets around the pond, the salamanders were hatching. 

"I didn't get results," says Rush. "But I did figure out the 
process. Unfortunately, as a senior, there wasn't another field sea- 
son left to tr)' it out." 

Untazed by the tedium and frustration of fieldwork. Rush 
apphed tor a job radio tracking mountain lions in Utah. WhUe 

waiting to hear back about the position, she remained on campus 
to help Dr. Linda Fink measure and map campus trees, including 
the growth 15 teet on each side of the entrance, from the WaUes 
Center down to Route 29. She also worked with retired professor 
Buck Edwards, who introduced her to the art of bird banding and 
identifying birds by song. 

"When you see what Dr. Fink and Dr. Edwards are doing with 
campus data, it's just amazing. Each little tree on acres and acres 
of reserve land has been identified, mapped, and measured. Dr. 
Edwards has been tracking the wood thrush population at SBC 
for at least 30 years. Dr. Fink and her students are accumulating 
data, documenting the ways beaver activity increases biodiversity 
on campus. There's so much to do, I could easily have stayed all 
summer. But Utah came through." 

In Richfield, Utah, Rush lived in a national forest parking lot 
for two months, working with a Ph.D. candidate and another 
technician, monitoring the behavior and needs of mountain hons. 
In addition to treeing, tranquUizing, and radio collaring the cats, 
she learned how to pinpoint their location using radios and hand- 
held antennas. She also learned the low tech method of recogniz- 
ing and following paw prints. It was her first real field experience, 
"with no money, eating beans out of a can," and she loved every 
minute of it. 

After Utah, Rush spent a few weeks at a National Forest Ser- 
vice site near Aken, South Carolinia, "walking in squares with a 
compass," surveying areas of pine trees to be clear-cut for paper. 
Next, she headed off to a vwldlife reflige in Valentine, Nebraska, 
where a professor needed help observing and counting sharp- 
tailed grouse and greater prairie chickens. 

"In the spring," explains Rush, "male grouse congregate and 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Spring/Summer 2000 ' 

. fnke out small territories — a couple of square feet — and fight vig- 
orously. The females arrive in a flock and watch the guys show off 
until a coyote comes along. I sat on a sand dune freezing from 
predawn until about ten o'clock for two months, looking through 
a spotting scope and taking notes. Like all my other jobs, it was 
worth it just to learn the methods and tools involved." 

Rush's fieldwork experience culminated in a six-month project 
at a national park near Angol (600 miles south of Santiago) in the 
central mountains of Chile. There, she trapped and radio tracked 
Darwin fox, South American gray fox, and giiina cats through the 
winter for a doctoral candidate from the University of 

"I had never ridden a horse, split wood, or spoken Spanish with 
any fluency," says Rush. "I do now. After the first month, the 
graduate student had to return to the U. S. The other assistant 
had less experience than I. We survived — the two of us riding a 
single horse through dense forest over rugged terrain in two feet 
of snow tracking little foxes that were wearing teeny-tiny radio 
collars. When we had equipment problems, I got to practice my 
visual tracking skills, following fox and giiina prints for miles. 

"The weather was a shock. The culture was a shock. And if I 
can do something similar for my Ph.D. project, I'll be happy. I 
know now that this is exactly what I want to do." 

Rush is currendy working in a law firm, studying for the GRE, 
and corresponding viath graduate school programs. 

"Sweet Briar left me well prepared," says Rush. "I was able to 
transition from fieldwork to a law firm with no problem. Though 
I have to admit that I live for weekends when I can ride my 
mountain bike out to the woods. 

FoUowin^ Her 

Julie Sniems Hickman Tnompson '85, Legislative 
Policy Director tor tne National Auduton Society 

After hstening to a brief description of SBC's new Environ- 
mental Program, JuUe Hickman Thompson '85 exclaimed, "This 
would have been the perfect program for me. Instead of spending 
15 years, I could have been well on my way in four." It was a real 
comphment coming from an alumna who left a position as legisla- 
tive liaison for the California Environmental Protection Agency to 
become the legislative pohcy director for the National Audubon 
Society in Mississippi. 

Julie, an economics and international relations major, did not 
exactly plan her career — at least, not the one she has now. Instead, 
it revealed itself to her over time, with the first hint literally falling 
at her feet in the form of a summer job application for 
Yellowstone National Park. 

During one of her visits to the Career Services hbrary, Julie was 
looking through a book of summer job opportunities when out fell 
an application for Yellowstone National Park. She picked it up off 
the floor, fdled it out , sent it in, and forgot about it. 

"Lo and behold, in the spring I got a letter informing me that I 
had been hired. I had not made plans for the summer so I went. It 
was my first trip out west — a place where I gained a greater appre- 
ciation of the natural world. 

"I hiked and backpacked with other employees during my time 
off and finally got up the courage to go fishing by myself I 

The Garden Club of Virginia Elects Mina Walker Wood '62 

This May, Mina Walker Wood '62 became president of The Garden Club of Virginia. The 3,300 member organization is highly regarded throughout the 
state for its restoration and preservation projects, including Monticello, Montpelier, Gunston Hall, the Adam Thoroughgood House, and the University of 

Mina, an American studies major, holds a certificate in design from the American Landscape School. Though she does operate her own residential and 
commercial business, her expertise in history and horticulture has kept her in demand as a consultant and volunteer at treasured historical sites like 
Lynchburg's Point of Honor. 

The work Mina has done for Sweet Briar is representative of her talent, versatility, and tirelessness. 

It was Mina who took on the east side of Sweet Briar House, turning a generous gift from 
the husband of the late Mary Law Taylor '43 into the Mary Law Taylor Boxwood Terrace Gar- 
den and the adjoining Daisy's Garden. The memorial gardens not only complement the exist- 
ing landscape and architecture, they reflect the personalities and interests of their namesakes. 

Across the campus, in back of the Cuion science building, Mina worked with Linda Fink to 
select and install appropriate native plantings for the Guion Pond Woodland Gardens. The nat- 
ural area serves as a combination outdoor retreat and research laboratory for students. 

During the six years Mina served as a consultant, from 1989 to 1994, the College made a 
commitment to plant trees every year. After taking stock of storm damage and disease. Sweet 
Briar plants two or three trees in place of each one lost to ensure quality. 

Always quick to shine the spotlight on others, Mina attributes her successful tenure to the 
College's landscape committee and development office. She also appreciates the hard work of 
the grounds crew. 

"The grounds crew has a huge job," says Mina. "All the grass they have to cut, all the 
mulch they have to spread, all the beds they have to tend, all the pruning, plus meeting the cri- 
teria of special campus projects and understanding individual needs of academic depart- 
ments—it is an awesome task. 

"The College is in good hands. I am impressed every time I have the opportunity to return 
to campus." 

Spring/Summer 2000 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine 


''When you pick a major, 
choose something you really 
want to learn about. Follow 
your heart. Dont think 
about money, or what your 
parents want you to do, or 
what your friends will think. 
Ifyoure doing what you 
really love, youre a success. " 

— Julie Shields Hickman Thompson '85 

became so engrossed in what I was doing that I failed to turn 
around and see the buffalo herd grazing their way toward me! You 
have to understand that although I was a debutante-type from 
Charlotte, my greatest childhood memories consisted oi walking 
through the woods, finding beautiflil green mosses and making 
terrariums. Those were quiet, satisfying, spiritual times for me." 

As much as she thoroughly enjoyed it, Juhe's Yellowstone 
experience proved to be an exception in the years that followed. 
Julie spent her Junior Year Abroad in Paris. Her senior year, she 
completed the business management certificate program and 
received the Phi Gamma Mu Economics Award. The next time 
she headed west, it was to interview for management training 
programs with banks. 

"Career Services told me to interview, interview, interview. 
Even if it's for a dog food company, the experience will help. I had 
friends from Yellowstone living out west and thought it would be 
a good place to go and practice my interviewing sldlls. I lined up a 
few appointments and never expected to get hired. But that's 
exacdy what happened. I was so relaxed about it, I got the job. 

"I cannot honestly say that I wanted to go into a bank manage- 
ment training program. It just seemed like the acceptable thing to 
do, something that would help me transition into the working 

Julie worked in finance for the next three years, starting vnth. 
Security Pacific (now NationsBank). When they suddenly can- 
celed their management program six months later, Julie jumped to 
Goldman, Sachs, & Company. 

"I learned early on that nothing happens without a glitch or a 
hitch," says Julie. "When I was job-hunting my senior year, I met 
two entrepreneurs on a puddle-jumper from Lynchburg to 
Washington, D.C. They were based in California and told me il I 
was ever out that way again to look up their friend at Goldman 
Sachs. When Security Pacific fell through, I stUl had the business 
card with the information on it in my wallet. I made the call." 

For two years, Julie worked as the special analyst on an invest- 
ment team managing and tracking the 145 leading client portfo- 
lios. She took home 21K a year while her boss made six figures 
plus substantial bonuses. The major difference appeared to be an 
MBA and Julie resolved to get one. 

"I was spending all my spare time studying tor the GMAT 
When a friend called and asked if I wanted to go to the movies, I 
said no. Until the exam was over, I wasn't budging. He asked 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

me — and this came as a real shock — he asked me 
if I loved what I was doing enough to spend two 
years in 'B' school. I had never stopped to ques- 
tion my plan. He really rufiled my feathers." 

Julie's friend grilled her on her interests, trying 
to uncover not what Julie thought she should do, 
but what she really wanted to do with her life. 
Then, he talked her into entering an evening 
extension program in landscape architecture at 
UCLA. Julie loved it so much that she quit her 
job and enrolled fijll-time in a master's program 
at California State Polytechnic University in 
Pomona. There, she evolved from landscape 
architecture to environmental studies. Her thesis 
was titled "Hazardous Waste Landfills: An Eval- 
uation of EPA Containment Policy." 

Julie started as a graduate student intern with 
the California Environmental Protection Agency 
(Cal/EPA) and rose through the ranks. Her dedication — continu- 
ously looking for ways to restore, preserve, and protect the envi- 
ronment on a bigger and bigger scale — eventually took her to 
Sacramento as a Cal/EPA environmental planner and legislative 
liaison. She even set up trade missions and hosted foreign delega- 
tions to promote the international exporting of California's envi- 
ronmental technologies. 

Sweet Briar Co-Sponsors 

and Hosts The 500 Year Forest 

Foundation's First Conference 

Ted Harris, husband of the Honorable Dale Hutter 
Harris '53, thought he had a good idea. 

In 1997, he and several other interested directors from 
the Virginia Urban Forest Council decided to create a stewardship support 
organization called The 500 Year Forest Foundation. 

This year, Ted and his colleagues were proved right when forest admin- 
istrators, authors, and scientists from as far away as Great Britain agreed to 
spearhead the foundation's first public forum at Sweet Briar College. 

As part of its goal to provide education and forest management assis- 
tance. The 500 Year Forest Foundation put together a comprehensive, 
three-day program for landowners, conservationists, and others concerned 
with long-term forest management. 

Three colleges— Lynchburg, Randolph-Macon Woman's College, and 
Sweet Briar— stepped up to sponsor the "Managing to Create the Ancient 
Forest" conference complete with lectures, demonstrations, and field trips. 

Thirty guest speakers including Mike Townsend, CEO of England's 
Woodland Trust, agreed to share their expertise and insights. Dr William 
Martin, director of the Division of Natural Resources of Eastern Kentucky 
University gave the keynote address, "The Characteristics and Values of 
Old Growth Forests." Among the other presenters were ecologist Lee 
Frelich of the University of Minnesota, Dr. John O'Keefe of Harvard Forest, 
author Chris Bolgiano, and Commonwealth of Virginia's state silviculturist 
Stan Warner. 

Addressing the role of GPS-CIS technology was Sweet Briar's own 
Dr. Linda Fink along with Dr. Dave Perault of Lynchburg College. 

For Sweet Briar French major and arts management student, Aja 
Grosvenor '02, the conference served as a practicum in events planning. 

"I was taking biology to fulfill my requirements," explains Aja. "One 
day in the lab. Dr. Fink asked me what I was interested in doing. I told her 
I was considering an arts management certificate to support my interest in 
events-planning and promotion. Two weeks later, she came back with the 
ancient forest conference opportunity. 1 was amazed. I'm not even a sci- 
ence student and Dr. Fink was looking out for me." 

Spring/Summer 2000 • 19 

Jiilie met her future husband at church. He was a medical stu- 
dent from Mississippi doing research in California. They married 
in 1998 and moved to Jackson, Mississippi, where Julie began her 
current job as director of legislative pohcy for the National 
Audubon Society. By that time, she had all the experience and 
skills required to start a legislative policy office from scratch. 

"I started with a paper clip," recalls Julie, who immediately got 
down to business, developing and organizing workshops to train 
Audubon chapter representatives in the legislative process. 

"Next thing I know, I'm in Washington, D.C. lobbying for the 
Conservation Reinvestment Act (CARA). One week I'm off to 
California for our national convention, the following week I'm 
back here spearheading our statewide, chapter-initiated Audubon 
Advocacy Day in the state capitol. Then, it's back to D.C. to hear 
President Clinton speak at a conference on environmental issues 
in the Mississippi Delta and attend a reception at the White 
House. It's always like this. It's been a whirlvvdnd. 

"Mississippi is a beautifiil, rural state with a unique opportunity 
to be developed sustainably to preserve its pristine resources. 
When the Scenic Streams Stewardship bUl became law, I really 
went out of my way to commend the state legislature. Right now, 
I'm promoting legislation to implement the Great Mississippi 
Birding Trail." 

Julie's advice to current students is this: "When you pick a 
major, choose something you really want to learn about. Follow 
your heart. Don't think about money, or what your parents want 
you to do, or what your friends will think. If you're doing what 
you really love, you're a success." 

Contmuin^ witn 

Lynn Boyd '99 belects the 

Professional Decree Program at 

Duke's Nicnolas Scnool oi the Environment 

By the time Lynn Boyd '99 completed her biology major, she 
knew she was well suited for fieldwork. After graduation, she 
looked around and applied to only one graduate program, the 
master of environmental management degree at Duke University's 
Nicholas School of the Environment. 

"That's the great thing about the research opportunities you get 
at Sweet Briar," explains Lvnn. "You develop a clear picture of 
what to expect if you continue your education. The secret is mak- 
ing your professors aware of your interests, so they can guide you 
toward the right type of academic and internship experiences. 

"I know I want to be outside doing the work, collecting the 
data. Duke offers a professional degree that gets you ready for the 
work world, a management position in organizations like the 
Nature Conservancy or Fish & Wildlife." 

Lynn spent a junior semester abroad in field school on 
Vancouver Island, British Columbia. There, working with a team 
of 12 other students, she developed a restoration plan for the First 
Nations Tribe and the town of Banfield to clear logging debris 

20 • Spring/Summer 2000 

from two declining salmon runs. 

"The next summer," reports Lynn, "the townspeople received a 
grant to implement the plan. They're clearing the streams to bring 
the salmon back. It's exciting to play an active role in a project like 

Lynn returned to campus with a desire to gain more field expe- 
rience. Dr. Fink, associate professor of biology, helped her circu- 
late her resume among researchers looking for summer assistants. 
The search led to two summers of research with the U. S. 
Geological Survey, working with prairie dogs and endangered 
black footed ferrets in Colorado and South Dakota. 

"My first position was volunteer," explains Lynn. "We surveyed 
prairie dog towns, walking transects back and forth, looking for 
black footed ferret habitat. Ferrets are nocturnal predators and 
prairie dogs are very sound sleepers. The ferrets attack them in 
their sleep and take over their burrows. 

"The second summer I worked as a paid crew leader, reintro- 
ducing ferrets to their historical habitats. We would track the ani- 
mals through the night. When the kids began to disperse from 
their mothers' burrows, we would collar them and drive them 30 
miles down the road to a new town — farther than they would 
have gone on their own." 

In addition to her study abroad and work experience, Lynn 
describes her senior project requirement as "a big plus" in a broad 
mix of SBC benefits. "Being able to work independendy and write 
a research paper is key," says Lynn. "After that, I was confident 
about continuing through graduate school." 

Lynn's senior research, "Variations in Migration Biology of the 
Monarch Butterfly at Sweet Briar," entailed monitoring differ- 
ences in the fat content of monarchs starting in September 
through mid-November at SBC. Her research relates to the ability 
of the butterflies to survive the winter in the mountain forests of 
Central Mexico. 

"Being able to do research as an undergraduate is a great expe- 
rience and I'm starting to miss it. I wasn't ready to jump into grad- 
uate school right away. I wanted to be sure I picked the right 
project or program. Now, I can't wait." 

Kweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine 

Tne Ridiii^ Program 

Competing in tne New Century 

Commenting on recent improvements to the Riding Program, 
Director Paul Cronin observes that nothing stands still. "It was 
time to strengthen our program to stay in the lead," says Paul. 
"Sweet Briar before and during my time has been one of the pio- 
neers in riding education. President Muhlenfeld's support of the 
program now is reinforcing that direction." 

Paul came to Sweet Briar in 1963. At that time, about 20 stu- 
dents rode recreationally in modest facilities. Today, approximately 
200 students participate in a comprehensive curriculum of 39 
basic to advanced-level courses. All types of riders enroll, from 
seasoned competitors to absolute beginners. 

The Harriet Howell Rogers Riding Center was dedicated 29 
years ago in the fall of 1971. The facility was state-of-the-art then 
and Paul is determined to keep it that way. 

The Robin S. Cramer Hall, one of the largest college indoor 
areas in the nation at 120'.x 300', now features Perma-Flex^*^' foot- 
ing. An outdoor lighting proposal — a surprisingly cosdy but 
worthwhile improvement — is on the table. Riders also are enjoy- 
ing a new hunter trails course, fence lines with coops, and a com- 
plete inventory of hunter-jumper fences suitable for American 
Horse Show Association (AHSA) and United States Equestrian 
Team (USET) competitions. 

The new inventory of jumps is allowing Sweet Briar to include 
an ASHA Adult Equitation class and a USET Show Jumping 
Talent Search class in on-campus horse shows. The annual sched- 
ule of SBC events is growing and includes indoor shows, a hunter 
trial, a hunter pace, five at-home "Fun Shows," and the Sweet 
Briar Horse Show. 

At a time when Director Cronin could easily be resting on his 
laurels, he is instead busy implementing the improvements noted 
above, plus a series of programmatic initiatives aimed at ensuring 
the quality of the Riding Program in the 21^^ century. If some 
sound familiar, it's because the program has been experimenting 
vvdth these ideas for a long time, certain they can work. 

The instructional program now offers three areas of concentra- 
tion: teaching, schooling, and management. These concentrations 
give competitors and non-competitors alike the opportunity to 
participate in the program at an advanced level. They're also per- 
fect for students interested in pursuing careers in the equine 
industry. A letter from the director of riding certifies that a stu- 
dent has met the requirements of a specific concentration. 

Concentrations are enhanced by on-campus internships in 
management, teaching, and schoohng. Students may propose 
internships in areas related to their interests, such as preparing a 
horse for sale, exploring the use of audiovisual aids in riding, or 
researching the history of the Riding Program at Sweet Briar. 

With the assistance of a new student equestrian careers intern, 
the Career Services Center at Sweet Briar is maintaining a data- 
base of businesses and organizations that sponsor internships. The 
Career Services staff follows up by working closely with students 
interested in developing a resume and researching internship pos- 

Riders are benefiting as well from a collaborative Alumnae 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Otfice and Career Services program that connects students with 
SBC alumnae who have gone into the equine industry, as well as 
those who have used their riding experiences to step into a varietj' 
of other professions. These graduates are returning to campus as 
Alumnae-in-Residence, to meet with students interested in 
exploring similar career paths. For example, Peggy McElveen '71 
provided insights about her career as director ot the McNairs 
Riding School in Raleigh, North Carolina. (She has since become 
director of Equestrian Programs at St. Andrews College, North 
Carolina.) Vivian Yamaguchi Cohn 77 shared her experiences as a 
corporate lawyer in Chicago, where she rides recreationally. 

In addition to \'isiting alumnae, national equestrian experts 
such as Olympic Gold Medalists Joe Fargis, Melanie Smith, 
George Morris, Judy Richter, Patty Heucheroth, and Scott Evans 
are invited to campus to lead clinics and address the riding com- 
munity. Visiting master teachers and guest lecturers enrich the 
curriculum and provide role models for aspiring young riders. 

Currendy in the works is a Riding Fellows Program tailored to 
the needs and objectives of new riding teachers. Fellowships wiU 
be available to both SBC and non-SBC graduates. Riding fellows 
wiU teach students at certain levels, receive mounted instruction, 
and participate in all of the lecture courses. Additional responsibil- 
ities may vary depending on a fellow's interests, experience, and 

"We have made and are making nice new changes," says Mimi 
Wroten '93, associate director and instructor in riding. "The facili- 
ties are fabulous and the land is becoming increasingly rare and 
valuable. StiU, the thing I hke best is that we are continuing the 
tradition of teaching the forward system of riding. The methods 
Paul has championed and 
refined are still the foun- 
dation of the program. 

"We are experiencing 
an interesting reversal. 
Before, students came in 
with a background of rid- 
ing on the land and we 
taught them how to ride 
in the ring. Now, more 
students arrive with show 
experience and we teach 
them to ride out. Our 
program covers both 
aspects. It's just interest- 
ing how suburban sprawl is 
gradually changing the 
ratio. For many students, 
going for a trail ride is 
something completely new. 
The first time they hack 
out, they realize what 
they've been missing." 

In response to this 
"interesting reversal," the 
Riding Center is develop- 
ing a strong recreational 
riding program to comple- 
ment its respected compet- 
itive offerings. The 

Cowan, French, Cronin, Wroten 

recreational program serves beginning and intermediate riders, as 
well as those who do not have the time or interest to pursue a rid- 
ing team experience. 

"Right now we have pre-position courses for students who have 
never touched a horse," explains Mimi. "They're taught practically 
one-on-one by student teaching assistants, so it's easy for them to 
ask basic questions or express their fears. It gives them a good start 
and many keep going, which is great. They're taking advantage of 
a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity." 

Team Builam^ 

Tne Riding' Prog'ram Welcomes Associate Director 
SneLby Frencn ana Stame Manager Alissa Cowan 

Shelby French, associate director of riding, arrived on campus 
in February. She came to Sweet Briar from St. Andrews College 
in Laurinburg, North Carolina where she served for 16 years as 
director of equestrian programs and adjunct professor of exercise 
science and sport. 

She was introduced to the SBC Riding Program decades ago 
by her friend, Peggy McElveen '71. At the time, Shelby, who was 
maintaining a private farm of her own, attended a clinic Peggy' 
was offering at the McNairs Riding School in Raleigh, North 
Carolina. Peggy encouraged Shelby to continue her studies 
through Sweet Briar's Summer Riding Clinics. 

"It's a fim story," says Shelby. "Paul Cronin and JLU Randies 

gave me the educational 
foundation in riding and 
theory that allowed me 
to develop the St. 
Andrews program. And 
now Peggy, who intro- 
duced me to SBC in the 
first place, is my replace- 
ment there. 

"I have ridden all my 
life. But Sweet Briar is 
my riding alma mater 
and I have always felt a 
little like an alumna. 
The transition has been 
easy because it all ties 
together. In many ways I 
feel that I've come 

As both an ANRC 
National Judge and No. 1 
rated rider, Shelby 
imbues her students vnxh 
a strong foundation in 
forward riding philoso- 
phy and techniques. She 
has coached collegiate 
riders to multiple indi- 
vidual and team champi- 
onships at the National 
Finals of both the 

"We are experiencing an interesting reversal. 
Before, students came in with a background of 
riding on the land and we taught them how to 
ride in the ring Now, more students arrive 
with show experience and we teach them to ride 
out. . . .It's just interesting how suburban 
sprawl is gradually changing the ratio. " 

-Paul Cronin 

22 • Spring/Summer 2000 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 


ANRC and the IHSA Collegiate Championships. She is also an 
American Horse Show Senior Judge, and coaches and trains in 
the hunters, jumpers, and equitation divisions on the "A" circuit 
tliroughout the southeast. Her students have quahfied for the 
Marshall and Sterling and National Adult Jumper Finals, as well 
as in the hunter and equitation division for the fall indoor shows. 

Many ot the students Shelby has mentored are now active 
young professionals in the equine industry. "There are all kinds of 
options out there," she says. "I try to get students to think outside 
of the box, to merge their academic and co-curricular interests in 
creative ways. For example, there are over 350 equine publications. 
In addition to pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and supplements are 
a growth industr)'. You don't have to be in the barn to use your 
knowledge of horses and work with people who share your inter- 

Right now, Shelby is teaching the whole gamut: two beginner 
classes, some intermediate classes and an advanced class. "It is the 
biggest treat," she says. "After years of teaching varsitv-level stu- 
dents and doing so much administration, working with novices 
again is revitalizing. I also came from a place with only 17 acres, 
so I feel like I've dropped into Nirvana! " 

Sweet Briar's new stable manager, Alissa 
Cowan, is a graduate of Virginia Tech where 
she was a Commonwealth Scholar in the ^ . 
Forestry and Wildlife Program. ® 

A native of Ithaca, New York, Alissa has S | 
been riding since she was eight years old. 
Prior to her arrival at Sweet Briar in April 
1999, she managed stables at Virginia Tech 
and Cazenovia College in Syracuse, New 

Alissa is impressed with the improvements 
she has seen in the short dme she has been 
here. She is also amazed bv the sheer number 
of events the College hosts each vear. "There 
is something going on every week," says Alissa. "And it's all so 
well organized. I've never been in a place that could handle so 
many competitive events and in-house activities." 

This year Alissa had 25-30 student assistants helping at the 
stable, many of whom were enthusiastic freshmen. One first-year 
student intern analyzed the cost of keeping a horse at Sweet Briar, 
breaking down the tasks and supplies involved in stable manage- 

"The students are great," says Alissa. "I have never felt so at 
home. The staff here is like a second family and I think that is the 
main reason why things run as smoothly as they do. Everyone is 
so nice, helpfiil, and informed. We enjoy each other's company 
and get things done. 

Alissa is in touch with former stable manager Keedie Grones 
Leonard '76. "Keedie is having a good time at home with her chil- 
dren in Raphine, Virginia, where her husband manages a dairy 
farm," says Alissa. "She was back at the Riding Center just 
recendy to help with the ANRC championships, which is won- 
derfiil for me. Keedie is a vast source of information. I ask her a 
million questions ever)' time I see her." 


Diana Boolh '00 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Findiiid Her Patn 

Diana BootK '00 Creates Maps For Tke Riding Center 

Sweet Briar encourages students to engage in purposeflil, "hands- 
on" experiences that enhance their formal learning. Practicums, 
research projects, internships, and campus jobs help students discover 
practical applications for their academic interests. 

For most students, building a co-curricular portfolio is fairly 
straightforward. An art history major, for example, might work on 
campus in the Pannell Gallery, then intern at a museum in New York 
or Adanta. However, for students like Diana Booth '00, experiential 
opportunities can be a challenge to find. 

Diana majored in math and computer science with a biology 
minor. She loves the outdoors and chose Sweet Briar for the Riding 
Program. Finding a way to integrate all of these interests in a career 
seemed impossible until she took a course in geographical informa- 
tion systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS). 

Global positioning (GPS) devices communicate with a worldwide 
network of satellites to pinpoint the latimde, longimde, ele- 
vation, speed, and direction of just about any object on 
earth. Civilian uses range from commercial aviation, to pub- 
lic safety applications, to recreational use by weekend 
boaters and hikers. When used together with global infor- 
mation system (GIS) computer software, the satellite data 
produces both accurate maps and powerfiil geographic data- 
bases for analysis. 

"Diana clicked right into all the possibilities offered by 
this technology," says Linda Fink, associate professor of 
biology. "I hired her this spring to take a portion of the 
data — the aerial maps and raw material I've accumulated on 
the campus — and add trails and features specifically for the 
Riding Center. The Riding Center is her client and she is 
creating a wonderfiJ series of maps for it. 
"All of the faculty are attempting to give smdents these types of 
meaningful opportunities. And it's so exciting when someone like 
Diana discovers not only something she loves doing, but something 
that's ver\' much in demand out in the world." 

Diana's maps are accurate and artful, incorporating all the markers 
riders need to get directions, find facilities, gauge their location, and 
determine the level of difficulty posed by individual trails. 

Right now, the maps will be used at the Riding Center and in 
brochures for shows and clinics. Eventually, Diana would like to see 
the maps presented interactively on the Riding Center's website. 
Prospective students could then take a virtual tour of the facilities, 
pastures, jumps, and trails simply by clicking on the map. 

Diana is sending out resumes, trying to find a position that will 
allow her to continue using GPS/GIS technology. "It's gotten to be 
such a big thing," says Diana. "Most jobs in the environmental sci- 
ences now require this experience. Cit)' planners are using it. EMS 
agencies use it to create their maps. There is a central, high-tech facil- 
ity in my state. South Carolina, where government agencies and 
smaller businesses can go to run their data. 

"I had been wondering how I would merge my math and com- 
puter science major with my biology minor — not to mention my 
interest in riding and the outdoors. My GPS/GIS experience really 
bridges the gap. It changes everything. I can't believe that I almost 
decided to skip the course fall semester! 

Spring/Summer 2000 • 23 

^%U Tkev RiJ 

y iney 

Saran Macninist '01, Ol^a Atrazumova '02, and 
Cheyenne Sylvester 02 

When speaking about the Riding Center, Paul Cronin likes to 
emphasize that the program has something for everyone. He says, 
"Those who have never ridden before, those who want to school 
their own horses, those who want to compete, those who don't 
want to compete, and those who just enjoy trails — all have a place 
in the Riding Program." And he's right. There is no typical SBC 

In the middle of her sophomore year, Sarah Machinist '01, an 
economics major from Pennsylvania, was elected to head the 
student-run Riding Council. Having that responsibility gave her 
the skills and the confidence to take on additional tasks. When 
the Riding Center decided to establish a permanent connection 
with Career Services, Sarah stepped right into the internship: 
writing a job description, polling students, gathering information 
on equine-related industries, and organizing a panel of veterinari- 
ans and technicians to speak at the Center. 

"I saw the Career Services internship as a good opportunity to 
get skiUs outside of the barn," says Sarah. "I want a real career so 
that I can afford to continue riding after I graduate! I'm busy, but 
it's better. I organize my time more effectively when I have a lot to 

Olga Abrazumova '02, an international affairs major from 
Russia, is discovering that recreational riding is improving her 
horsemanship and that working at the Center is providing a wel- 
come escape from the classroom. 

"The Riding Program builds confidence," says Olga. "The 
instructors are so professional and the horses are so well trained, 
even beginners quickly become competent riders. You don't have 
to be a star athlete to participate. 

"I represent pre-hackers on the Advisory Committee. I also 
work at the Riding Center and was recently promoted to Captain, 
East Wing Tack. The opportunities and facilities are amazing. I 
stay very busy. But taking lessons, trail riding, and working around 
horses actually helps me relax. It helps me focus and face all my 
papers and exams." 

Cheyenne Sylvester '02, an environmental studies major from 
California, describes being on the varsity team as a new and won- 
derfijl experience. "Riding is so often such an individual sport," 
explains Cheyenne. "Being part of a group of girls who all, no 
matter what their differences, share an overall passion for riding 
and horses has been exhilarating. 

"Before SBC, I rode and competed heavily year-round in 
California, following the "A" Circuit and qualifying for and com- 
peting in a great many of the Medal Finals on the West Coast. I 
am happy to say, though, that the Riding Program has certainly 
helped me to improve. My previous riding experience was con- 
fined almost exclusively to level arenas. The opportunities I've had 
here to go out hacking and to ride in the field — competing in the 
Hunter Trials and Hunter Pace, as well as the field phase of the 
ANRC Finals — have been invaluable, both for my horse and me. 

"The stable management is great; all the horses receive excel- 
lent care. I think maybe the highest praise I can give is that all the 
horses seem very, very happy." 

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Scnolarsnip and 


Cassie Thomas '97 

Sweet Briar allowed Cassie Thomas '97 to meet her academic 
and athletic goals. She was able to complete preveterinary studies, 
while riding on the varsity team and competing in rated shows. 

Cassie rode varsity at Sweet Briar her freshman, sophomore, 
and senior years. During junior year, she suspended competitive 
riding activities as a precaution while she began the independent 
research for her Honors thesis in biology; looking back, she 
believes she could have juggled both. 

"As soon as I realized I could do it, I joined the varsity team 
again," says Cassie. "And that's the great thing about having the 
riding program — such great people and wonderful facilities — right 
here. You can be a serious student and still indulge your passion." 

Now in her third year at Virginia-Maryland Regional College 
of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, Cassie loves to tell this 
story when talking with prospective students interested in pre- 
veterinary studies at Sweet Briar: 

"Admission to vet school is very competitive. There are only 27 
in the U.S. and Canada. I had my sights set on Virginia Tech, 
which accepts only 90 students per year. 

"In my interview, the board was very impressed that I had done 
my own research. They were curious to know how I got into it, 
which surprised me. I explained that every biology major at Sweet 
Briar had to do her own research. For that reason, it didn't strike 

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me as being an}'thing exceptional, but obviously the board thought 
it was. 

"Then they asked me if I was interested in veterinary research 
and I was honest about it. I said, 'No.' I learned that I didn't like 
research. Well, they thought that was great because I wouldn't 
waste any time discovering that later. They were happy to know I'd 
gone through the experience and knew what I wanted to do." 

Cassie had competed a lot before she entered Sweet Briar. But 
the academic component of the Riding Program — understanding 
the theory behind what she was doing — improved her sldlls 

"The Riding Center has great facilities, but the program Sweet 
Briar offers is even more impressive. I stUl can't get over how 
broad the department is. Every student, beginners through very 
advanced, gets a great education. 

"I enjoyed every minute of it, especially working as a teaching 
assistant. There's a camaraderie among riders at all levels. We tend 
to see a lot of each other around the barn." 

Cnan^iiid Horses 
in Miastream 

Saran BaJjcocR '83 Leaves IBM to Pursue Graduate 
Work in Animal Behavior 

In March 1996, a stray dog appeared at Sarah Babcock's door. 

She was working at home — telecommuting — as part of IBM's 
new mobUe workforce. Innovations like this had kept Sarah thor- 
ouglily engaged in her profession for 12 years. She was immersed 
in a culture of continuous learning, working as a systems engineer, 
database specialist, PC sales specialist, software specialist, and data 
warehousing specialist — a little of everything. 

Being at home, conferencing in her slippers, was cool untU 
"Crosby" showed up. 

"The dog changed my life," says Sarah. "Two years later, in 
1998, 1 quit my job and started pursuing my master's degree in 
psychology with a concentration in neuroscience at the University 
of Richmond. The plan is to foUow up with a doctorate in applied 
animal behavior." 

Sarah took Crosby to a dog training class, but was not happy 
with the method. She investigated "clicker training" on her own, 
the same form of operant conditioning used to train dolphins at 
Sea World, and was amazed with the results. In no time, Crosby 
had mastered 49 tricks, including sneezing on command and get- 
ting drinks from the refrigerator. 

"Things like that never happened when I was using a choke 
chain," laughs Sarah. "A click means yes, that was good, here's a 
treat. Crosby loves it. He comes to me every night, begging to 
work on this stuff. It's powerfiil and I became fascinated." 

Sarah was not exactly new to the field. A math and economics 
major at Sweet Briar, she had also taken psychology classes and 
actively participated in the Riding Program. 

"The director of the Riding Program, Paul Cronin, is ahead of 
his time," says Sarah. "He applies a training methodology more 

Sarah Babcock '83 

evenhandedly than anyone I have met before or since. He teaches 
forward riding, using the Vladimir Littauer method. And he has 
been true to the system. That's one big lesson I learned at Sweet 
Briar: systems applied correctly and consistendy can be very 

Adjacent to clicker training, Sarah and Crosby began to com- 
pete in dog agility shows complete with jumps, chutes, seesaws, 
tunnels, tires, and weave poles. The hobby evolved into a teaching 
job. Sarah began training dozens of dogs and their owners at a 
doggie daycare facility in Richmond. 

"You can study all you want about how animals should behave," 
says Sarah. "But the classes I teach offer real life, hands-on experi- 
ence with dogs and with their owners. I really love it — so much 
that I decided to go back to school and change careers." 

In her master's program at the University of Richmond, Sarah 
is working with Dr. Craig H. Kinsley, a neuroscientist with a spe- 
cial interest in hormones and their effect on brain mechanisms 
that guide learning and behavior. 

Dr. Kinsley's research, conducted along with his students at 
Richmond and Dr. Kelly Lambert's team at Randolph-Macon 
College, recently appeared in the international science journal 
Nature, in a paper tided "Motherhood improves learning and 
memory: Neural activity in rats is enhanced by pregnancy and the 
demands of rearing offspring." The same findings, "Changes in 
pregnancy may boost brain power," were also presented at a Soci- 
ety of Neuroscience meeting in Los Angeles, where they sparked a 
media blitz, including a few wisecracks from "Tonight Show" host 
Jay Leno. 

"I was too late to be listed as a co-author on the Nature paper," 
explains Sarah. "But I'm doing research along those lines. In stud- 
ies we did last summer, pregnant and lactating rats were four times 
smarter and bolder navigating unfamiliar mazes than their virgin 

"It's a small program. You work closely with the faculty, which 
is part of the appeal to me — especially coming from Sweet Briar. 
It's never a matter of hoping to get involved with something cool 
at the school. If there is research to be done, you're doing it." 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Spring/Summer 2000 • 25 

OuiT^ard and 
InT¥ara Journeys 

Tke Sweet Briar Outdoor Program (SWEBOP) 

Sweet Briar blurs the distinction between formal classroom 
learning and student life. Many of the experiences students engage 
in outside the classroom complement their academic pursuits and 
broaden their understanding of the world in general. Because 
these "outside" experiences enhance and supplement the curricu- 
lum, they are called co-curricular experiences and grouped 
together under the heading of co-curricular life. 

According to Laura Staman, director of outdoor programs, the 
Sweet Briar Outdoor Program (SWEBOP) is "one place where 
co-curricular really happens." In addition to providing recreational 
outdoor activities and retreats, SWEBOP connects directly with 
the classroom. 

"We took a 'Nature Journals' class up to the West Virginia bor- 
der to search for Hellbender salamanders," says Laura. "We didn't 
find one, but what an adventure! A lot of good writing came out 
of it. We took a conservation biology class looking for bats and 
invertebrates into a cave. That time, we found what we were after. 
It was really neat. 

"We have the outdoor experience and equipment to handle 
these types of trips. Our collaboration with the academic program 
really brings education to life." 

Sweet Briar has always been an outstanding setting for outdoor 
enthusiasts. The College's Outing Cabin on Paul's Mountain was 
built in the 1930s. By the late 1970s, the College had hired a part- 
time coordinator to oversee outdoor activities. Today, the Outdoor 
Program has expanded into a full-time, year-round, aU-four-years 

The Learning on the Land Program, which features a wide 
variety of outdoor "mini" programs led by a student assistant and a 
faculty or staff member, is now part of Orientation for entering 
students. For some seniors, the outdoor experience continues 
beyond graduation. In May 1999, a group of students — including 
a few who had just graduated — jumped in a van and headed west. 
The SWEBOP-sponsored Western Rock and Road Trip included 
stops at the City of Rocks State Park in Idaho, Yellowstone and 
the Grand Teton National Parks in Wyoming, and the Badlands 
of South Dakota. 

SWEBOP's mission is multifaceted. The program provides on 
and off-campus outdoor recreational opportunities that foster per- 
sonal growth, responsibility, leadership, and environmental sensi- 
tivity through experiential learning in small group settings. 

"It's not just hiking, rock cUmbing, rafting, or caving," explains 
Laura. "Students who are interested can go beyond the basic, 
recreational component and become instructors. We use the out- 
doors as a wilderness laboratory to teach them the technical, 
safety, and team-building skills they need to lead and teach others. 

"Just about everywhere we go, we include an environmental 
component. If we're in a cave, for example, students learn about 
the ecology of the cave and how to enjoy the setting while having 
a minimal impact. 

"Personal grovrth is woven into many of our adventures. Over 

26 • Spring/Summer 2000 

spring break this year, students went on an 'Inward Journey' canoe 
trip down the Suwannee River in Florida. The whole purpose was 
to give students the opportunity to reflect on their lives and share 
their experiences with the group. We offered a similar experience 
on campus, backpacking and camping by the lake fall semester. 

"There is a social side to it, too — an alternative to road trips 
and fraternity parties. We join with other colleges and universities 
on some adventures, so our students can meet men in a healthy 

In 1996 approximately 100 students participated in SWEBOP 
activities. In 1999, 365 took part — not including the 180 entering 
students in the Learning on the Land program. 

"SWEBOP is a place where students can make strong connec- 
tions," says Laura. "They can connect with each other, vvdth the 
land, or with their course work. They can also take risks and dis- 
cover their capabilities — an inner strength they didn't know they 
had. If they can climb to the top of a cliff, there's no telling what 
else they can do." 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

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Making It Work 

Tatum Webi) '00, Environmental Studies Major 

and SWEBOP Student Instructor, 

Cnooses tlie Peace Corps 

The Sweet Briar Outdoor Program (SWEBOP) encourages 
students to test their limits and take risks that result in increased 
confidence and personal growth. 

For Tatum Webb '00, participation in SWEBOP prompted a 
personal and academic transformation. Tatum entered Sweet Briar 
planning to major in psychology and minor in biology and envi- 
ronmental studies. By the end of her sophomore year, she was well 
on her way, including an internship at the Rimrock Foundation, a 
private, non-profit treatment center for addictions. 

But Tatum's decision was really half-hearted. She had selected 
psychology in part because it was "safe!' 

"I originally selected psychology because I knew I could have a 
career," says Tatum. "I could picture plenty of practical ways to use 
my degree; there were lots of role models. Helping people was a 
priority for me. And, at the time, I didn't see how environmental 
studies could help me meet that goal. 

"Everything I've done at Sweet Briar, academically and socially, 
has brought about a complete change. But SWEBOP had a big 
influence. When I came freshman year, I could barely look some- 

one in the eye and say hello — I was that shy. By my junior year, I 
was leading students on outdoor trips and eventually became one 
of four paid assistants to the program director." 

More than halfway through her college career, bolstered by her 
SWEBOP experience, Tatum did an about-face and self-designed 
a major in environmental studies with a concentration in biology. 
The model she used to select her courses has since evolved into 
Sweet Briar's new Environmental Program. 

Tatum enjoys problem-solving and wanted to apply her skills 
in the environmental arena. Working with Sang Hwang, assistant 
director of environmental studies, and Laura Staman, director of 
outdoor programs, she embarked on a study and submitted a pro- 
posal to make the College's rustic outing cabin "user-friendly" in a 
sustainable way, without harming the environment. 

"Right now," says Tatum, "anyone who uses the cabin has to 
transport water up to Paul's Mountain. The main part of my plan 
involves installing a cistern to harvest rainwater. It would not be 
potable, but people could wash and brush their teeth, do dishes, 
and clean the cabin more easily. It's an inexpensive solution, pow- 
ered by a foot pump." 

By graduation, Tatum had applied to the Peace Corps and was 
waiting to hear back. Though she has indicated preferences, she 
has no idea where she will be assigned. 

"Wherever I end up, I can make it work," says Tatum. "It's all 
up to me. Laura Staman, Professor Hwang, and Professor Fink 
have taught me that lesson. I know I have the power." 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Spring/Summer 2000 • 17 


Peak Perrormance: 

Proressional ClimJoer Susan Defrweiler '88 Summits tne 
Hi^nest Mountain in tne Americas 

For Susan Detweiler '88, the Sweet Briar Outdoor Program 
(SWEBOP) was just the beginning. Today, she is a year-round 
professional rock climbing and mountaineering guide and instruc- 
tor with the American Alpine Institute (AAI), an internationally- 
acclaimed training and expedition center for climbing. 

It has been almost ten years since Susan worked indoors. 
Before joining AAI, she rock climbed extensively in the western 
United States and taught and guided in the Rockies, Alaska, 
Nepal, and Bolivia. In addition to working as an independent 
guide, she has been a senior instructor and course director for 
Colorado Outward Bound School and an instructor for the 
National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). StLU, after all her 
experience, Susan is quick to point out that her first paying job 
was teaching rock climbing as a student with SWEBOP. 

Susan, a double major in biology and environmental studies, 
came to Sweet Briar primarily for the Riding Program and rode 
varsity cross country through the fall of junior year. She began 
rock cUmbing with SWEBOP for fun in her spare time and got 
the bug. Her sophomore summer, she enrolled in a 30-day moun- 
taineering course with NOLS in the Washington State Cascades. 

"Everything changed after I started chmbing," says Susan. "I 
had been a rider most of my life. But I found myself connecting 
more with 'outdoorsy' people at Sweet Briar and at NOLS. Part of 
it was my major. I was academically motivated and the outdoor 
program dovetailed with my studies. Then too, Kathy Gilchrist, 
the director of SWDBOP at the time, and her husband were just 
great. Kathy was a wonderfU role model: enthusiastic, competent, 
and confident." 

At the time Susan attended SBC, the environmental studies 
program was limited and SWEBOP was still in its early stage. In 
the middle ot her junior year, she went 'abroad' to the University 
of Colorado at Boulder to experience the progressive subculture 
and expand her course work. 

"I was stunned," says Susan. "At Sweet Briar, there were 
extremely few students with an interest in the outdoors and the 
environment. I was one of two environmental studies majors. In 
Boulder, there were students hke me everywhere. I discovered that 
I wasn't so weird after all. On the other hand, I was used to inter- 
acting with professors in small classes at SBC, so I resented sitting 
in large classes taking multiple-choice tests." 

At Boulder, Susan started her SBC Honors research on mule 
deer. She completed her work at Sweet Briar and presented her 
thesis at the Virginia Academy of Sciences annual meeting in the 
spring of her senior year. 

"My original plan was to take a year or two off before graduate 
school," says Susan. "I wasn't intending to be an outdoor educator 
or guide, but I was compelled to live in the mountains of Colorado. 
I worked as a co-manager at Bibler Tents, rock climbed a lot, and 
taught climbing courses. I looked into grad school again just last 
year. But it's clear that I still have too much energy. I have a pas- 
sion for being outdoors and taking people up into the mountains." 

By 1990, two years after graduation, Susan was immersed in 

outdoor education. "I love teaching winter courses," explains 
Susan. "Avalanche awareness, cold weather physiology and nutri- 
tion, snow shelters — teaching people how not to die out there is a 
great complement to summer rock and mountain chmbing." 

By the time this issue of the Alumnae Magazine goes to press, 
Susan wiU be guiding an AAI mountaineering expedition in the 
St. Ehas range in Alaska. In AAI's brochure, the climb is 
described as good preparation for more challenging alpine expedi- 
tions such as Aconcagua in Argentina. 

At 22,835 feet, Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the 
Americas. Susan climbed it in February of this year on her own 
for fun. 

"I wasn't planning to climb Aconcagua," explains Susan. "I had 
been chmbing in northern Patagonia with friends when I found 
out that my next assignment guiding in Ecuador was canceled. 
Expecting to be away for quite a while, I wasn't ready to go home. 
After my friends left, I decided to chmb Aconcagua — even 
though I hadn't brought my high-altitude gear with me to South 

Susan showed up alone at the base of Aconcagua dressed in a 
skirt. She borrowed a stove and an old sleeping bag to combine 
with her own for additional warmth. She began to hike up, trust- 
ing that a tent and proper clothes would somehow appear. Sure 
enough, she was able to rent a tent, and met a fellow chmber wiU- 

Susan Detweiler '88 on summit of Mt. Baker (10,778') in Washington's Cascade 
Range, while guiding for the American Alpine Institute. 

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Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine 


ing to lend the extra layers of clothing she needed to brave the 
wind, cross the ice, and keep going. The only thing she lacked was 
a parka that could truly take on sub-zero temperatures. 

After 12 days, at 20,000 feet, Susan waved goodbye to Dave, a 
guide from Jackson, Wyoming who had managed to keep pace 
with her to that point. She headed up to the top of the mountain 
on her own. 

"Starting from camp at 19,000 feet, I took 11 hours to summit, 
but less than 2 hours to come down," recalls Susan. "The only rea- 
son I continued was seeing the sun ahead of me. I knew I would 
be warm, it was just a matter of getting there. For several hours at 
a slow pace, walking backwards because of the wind along the tra- 
verse, I kept checking in with myseU: Was my brain swelling with 
altitude? Was I in hypothermia denial? 

"When I finally hit the sun, my breathing rate dropped from 
six breaths per step to three. There was another party heading 
toward the top — a bunch of Argentine soldiers out for a spin with 
their commander. They were friendly and I had a good time at the 
summit yakking and taking pictures with them!' 

Susan is a traditional, technical climber. Compared with scaling 
the hard ice and volcanic rock on Liberty Ridge on Mt. Rainier, 
Aconcagua was a walk; the elevation and the cold were the chal- 

"I don't relate to hair-ball, death-defying stories," says Susan. 

"Anyone who thinks they can conquer the back country is deliri- 
ous. I work with the rocks and mountains, not against them. 

"The industry is booming and women with strong technical 
skills are in demand. I know there are times when people think: A 
woman guide? I want a refijnd! I want a real guide!' But the 
reverse is also true. For reasons of psychology, learning styles, 
approaches, or whatever, some people request women guides. For 
example, I've been asked to teach telemark skiing for a small com- 
pany called Babes in the Back Country." 

Last summer in the City of Rocks, Idaho, Susan met up with 
SBC students participating in SWEBOP's Western Rock and 
Road Trip. 

"It was great to finally meet Laura Staman and talk with cur- 
rent students," says Susan. "College can be a terrible time. And 
that's beneficial. At some point, we all have to wrestle with who 
we are and what we're about. I often guide people who are out in 
the wilderness confronting those questions at the age of 30 or 40. 

"I stayed at Sweet Briar, I struggled, and I got a lot out of it. 
I'm really gratefiil. In many ways, I owe my sense of self to that 

Susan looks forward to hearing from former and future SBC 
friends at . 

SBC Recognized for Character Development Programs 

Sweet Briar College has been recognized for leadership in the 
field of smdent character development in the new college guide- 
book The Templeton Guide: Colleges that Encourage Character- 

The CoUege was selected for its "Learning on the Land" pro- 
gram, which occurs during Orientation Week and features a 
variety of educational programs or "mini" courses that explore 
Sweet Briar's environment from the perspectives of different 
academic disciplines. 

"We have two goals for the program," says Laura Staman, 
project coordinator and director of the Sweet Briar CoUege Out- 
door Program (SWEBOP). "First, we want the students to con- 
nect with their classmates; second, we want them to connect 
vvdth the land. Sweet Briar's campus is an outstanding setting for 
experiential learning and outdoor recreation." 

More than 300 four-year public and private colleges across 

the country are included in The Templeton Guide. Programs were 
chosen through a highly selective process that considered clarity 
of vision and statement of purpose; institutional resources; 
involvement of institutional leaders; impact on students, faculty, 
campus, and community; integration into the core curriculum or 
academic study; longevity; external awards and recognition; and 

"Sweet Briar's strong commitment to character development 
and the strengths of its program make it a model for colleges 
and universities nationwide," says Arthur J. Schwartz, director of 
Character Development Programs at the John Templeton Foun- 

The Class of 2004 wiU have 17 exciting Learning on the 
Land programs to choose from. Programs are led by upperclass 
students and faculty/staff members. Group challenge activities 
are woven into each program: 

Wildlife at Sweet Briar — Linda Fink, associate 
professor of biology 

Exploring Sweet Briar's Horticultural Treasures — 
Susan Piepho, professor of chemistry 

Pastoral Sweet Briar— Lee Piepho, Sara 
Shallenberger Brown Professor of English 

Nature Observation at the Lake— Joe Malloy, 
reference and branch librarian 

Walking in the Footsteps of Our Founders- 
Louise Swiecki Zingaro, director of the Alumnae 

The Seeing Eye — Pat Richeson, Chaplain's 
Office, artist/photographer 

Back to the Future: A GPS Scavenger Hunt- 
Aaron Mahler, director of Network Services and 
Braz Brandt, microcomputer support specialist 

Nature's Beads— |oe Pendleton, Physical Plant, 
painter/sculptor/jewelry designer 

Patterns of Nature — Sang Hwang, assistant pro- 
fessor of environmental studies 

Feast on Mother Nature's Best— Tim Pritchett, 
executive chef 

Looking Through Thoreau's Window— Laura 
Symons, director of Academic Resource Center 

Turning Nature's Beauty into Art — Ann Reed, 
coordinator of Career Services 

Perspectives of Sweet Briar — Lynn King, director 
of Human Resources 

The Sound of Flutes— Mark Magruder, associate 
professor of dance 

Beginning Your Career Journey— Carolyn Brazil!, 
Career Services office manager 

Now You See It, Now You Don't— Michael 
Richards, Hattie Mae Samford Professor of 

Exploring the Many Facets of Water — Bonnie 
Kestner, associate professor of physical education 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Spring/Summer 2000 • 29 

Appiause! Applause! for the Class of 2000 

During the picture- 
perfect Sunday morning of 
May 7, 116 students from 
five countries and 30 states 
received degrees. Sweet 
Briar's 91st commencement 
was celebrated in the sunny 
Quad and across the inter- 
net: recently named the 
most wired women's cam- 
pus by Yahool Internet Life, 
SBC embraced the 
"" world, broadcast- 
ing live pictures and sounds 
of Commencement 2000. 
Stage, screen, and TV star 
Diana Muldaur Dozier '60 
addressed the graduates, 
welcoming them to an 
increasingly "" 
world where "the complexi- 
ties are infinite and change 
is our new credo." 

The Class of 2000 gathers Commencement Sunday 

Diana Muldaur Dozier '60 addresses the 

I *MOTos Bv Charles Grubbs, SBC 

And the faculty looks on approvingly! 
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Commencement Honors 

The Emilie Watts McVea Scholar 

The highest-ranking member of the Class of 


Susan Christine Bobb, Midlothian, VA 

The Presidential Medalists 

The Presidential Medal recognizes seniors who 
have a range of accomplishments comparable 
to those associated with candidates for Rhodes, 
Marshall, or Truman Scholarships. Awardees 
must have demonstrated exemplary intellectual 

Christine Pamela Bump, Napa, CA; 
Alethea Maren Okonak, Pittsburgh, PA 

The Penelope Lane Czarra Award 

This award honors the senior who best com- 
bines scholastic achievement, student leader- 
ship, and effective contributions to the quality 
of life at the College. 
Amanda Marie Atkinson, York, PA; 
Benedicte Martine Marie Valentin, Limoges, 

The Connie M. Guion Award 

This is given to a senior for her excellence as a 
human being and as a member of the College. 
Emily Stevens Pegues, Warrenton, VA 

The Walker Family Award 

This award honors a senior with high scholas- 
tic standing who has a cheerful, positive dispo- 
sition and shows warmth, generosity, and 

Susan Christine Bobb, Midlothian, VA; 
Elinor Fairchild Stebbins, Richmond, VA 

The Judith Molinar Elkins Prize 

The family of the late Professor Judith Elkins 
established a prize to recognize the outstand- 
ing achievements of a senior majoring in the 
mathematical, physical, or biological sciences, 
while actively participating in the College com- 
munity and demonstrating the ideals and dedi- 
cation to learning exemplified by the life of 
Professor Elkins. 
Erin McLennan Wright, Springfield, VA 

The Lawrence G. Nelson Award for 
Excellence in English 

Kristin Ann Hamaker, Wheaton, IL; 
Lindsay Ann Perkins, Salt Lake City, UT 

The Shakespeare Prize 

Amanda Marie Atkinson, York, PA; 
Alethea Maren Okonak, Pittsburgh, PA 

The Leigh Woolverton Prize for 
Excellence in the Visual Arts 

hlolly Ann Wilmeth, Guatemala City, 

The lames Lewis Howe Award in 

Germaine Nickole Cottsche, Ocean Springs, MS 

The Pauline Roberts Otis Award in French 

Amanda Darcy Ankerman, West Hartford, CT 

The Marcia Capron Award for Excellence 
in French 

Susan Christine Bobb, Midlothian, VA 

The Delta Kappa Gamma Society 
International Outstanding Scholar 
Education Award 

Mary Melissa Fauber, Amherst, VA 

The Kathryn Haw Prize in Art History 

Mary Ashley Hill, Ipswich, MA; 
Emily Stevens Pegues, Warrenton, VA 

L'Alliance Fran^aise de Lynchburg 

Sarah Moshenek Ponton, Schuyler, VA 

The Alpha Lambda Delta Award 

Susan Christine Bobb, Midlothian, VA 

The Jessica Steinbrenner Molloy Award in 

Rebecca Jane Stephenson, Fairmont, WV 

The Anne Gary Pannell Taylor Award in 

Ardyce Gregor Lee, Asheville, NC; 
Emily Suzanne Taylor, Mount Airy, NC 

The W. Edward Overly Award in Spanish 

Holly Ann Wilmeth, Guatemala City, 

The Maxine Garner Prize in Religion 

Christa Marie Shusko, Jeannetta, PA 

The Jean Besselievre Boley Award 

Lindsay Ann Perkins, Salt Lake City, UT 

The Helen K. Mull Graduate Fellowship 
in Psychology 

Andrea Cecil Fulgham, Richmond, VA 

The Lucile Barrow Turner Award 

Nicole leannette Lamm, Amherst, VA 

The American Institute of Chemists 
Award in Chemistry 

Amy Britton Hess, Winchester, VA 

The American Institute of Chemists 
Award in Biochemistry 

Wendy Irene Bramlett, Ocean Springs, MS 

Phi Beta Kappa 2000 

Anita LeShay Allen, Arrington, VA 
Amanda Darcy Ankerman, West Hartford, CT 
Susan Christine Bobb, Midlothian, VA 
Christine Pamela Bump, Napa, CA 

Kristy Lynn Chatham, Mouth of Wilson, VA 
Mary Melissa Fauber, Amherst, VA 
Kristin Ann Hamaker, Wheaton, IL 
Kimberly Anne Harden, Bowie, MD 
Amy Britton Hess, Winchester, VA 
Alethea Maren Okonak, Pittsburgh, PA 
Lindsay Ann Perkins, Salt Lake City, LIT 
Caroline Genevieve L. Stark, Austin, TX 
Benedicte Martine Marie Valentin, Limoges, 

Holly Ann Wilmeth, Guatemala City, 


Summa Cum Laude 

Anita LeShay Allen, Arrington, VA 
Susan Christine Bobb, Midlothian, VA 
Christine Pamela Bump, Napa, CA 
Mary Melissa Fauber, Amherst, VA 
Kimberly Anne Harden, Bowie, MD 
Nicole Jeannette Lamm, Amherst, VA 
Lindsay Ann Perkins, Salt Lake City, UT 
Sarah Moshenek Ponton, Schuyler, VA 
Caroline Genevieve L. Stark, Austin, TX 
Benedicte Martine Marie Valentin, Limoges, 

Magna Cum Laude 

Amanda Darcy Ankerman, West Hartford, CT 

Amanda Marie Atkinson, York, PA 

Melissa Jean Bellan, Hurst, TX 

Wendy Irene Bramlett, Ocean Springs, MS 

Kristy Lynn Chatham, Mouth of Wilson, VA 

Alison Michelle Cooper, Dallas, TX 

Allison LuAnn Davis, Winston-Salem, NC 

Kristin Ann Hamaker, Wheaton, IL 

Elizabeth Kiendl Hamshaw, Marlborough, NH 

Amy Britton Hess, Winchester, VA 

Mary Ashley Hill, Ipswich, MA 

Elizabeth Anne Keating, Potomac, MD 

Ardyce Gregor Lee, Asheville, NC 

Emily Demarest McGregor, Wichita Falls, TX 

Alethea Maren Okonak, Pittsburgh, PA 

Jennifer Laine Perkins, Middleburg, VA 

Amanda Lynn Rice, Louisville, KY 

Rebecca Brown Rogers, Monroe, VA 

Abby Bradford Schmidt, Yarmouth, ME 

Assistant Professor of Psychology Tim Loboschefski (left) and Sara Shallenberger Brown Professor of 
English Lee Piepho received the 2000 Excellence in Teaching Award 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Spring/Summer 2000 • 31 

Christina Dawn Shields, Madison Heights, VA 
Christa Marie Shusko, Jeannetta, PA 
Rebecca |ane Stephenson, Fairmont, WV 
Holly Ann Wilmeth, Guatemala City, 

Erin McLennan Wright, Springfield, VA 

Cum Laude 

Elizabeth Ann Bagg, Prairie Village, KS 
Josie Erin Beets, St. Petersburg, FL 
Crystal Luona Blankenship, Fincastle, VA 
Lindsey Evelyn Brooker, Emerald Isle, NC 
Heather Rebecca Anne Carson, Weymouth, MA 
lackie Ann Chatham, Mouth of Wilson, VA 
Noelle Elyce Dwarzski, Tecumseh, Ml 
Kimberly Ann Earehart, Martinsburg, WV 
Mary Evangeline Easterly, Knoxville, TN 
Virginia Marie Gilbert, Baldwin, MD 
Allison Lynn Johnson, Virginia Beach, VA 
Tarrah Lyn Kehm, Littleton, CO 
Marlena Koper, New Rochelle, NY 

Sarah Ardess Lester, Lynchburg, VA 
Dina Ruth Orbison, Anaheim, CA 
Emily Stevens Pegues, Warrenton, VA 
Carolyn Eastman Dryden Ponte, Virginia 

Beach, VA 
Elizabeth Lynn Rice, Woodbridge, VA 
Janis B. Roskelley, Lynchburg, VA 
Chhavi Sharma, Lobatse Botswana, South 

Elinor Fairchild Stebbins, Richmond, VA 
Kate McClure Straccia, Creensburg, PA 
Emily Suzanne Taylor, Mount Airy, NC 
Victoria Catherine Zak, Reston, VA 

The Honors Program, Class of 2000 

High Honors in Psychology 

Susan Christine Bobb, Midlothian, VA 

Honors Degree with High Honors in 

Christine Pamela Bump, Napa, CA 

Highest Honors in Sociology 

Alethea Maren Okonak, Pittsburgh, PA 

Honors Degree with Highest Honors in 
Interdisciplinary Studies 

Lindsay Ann Perkins, Salt Lake City, UT 

Honors Degree with Highest Honors in 

Christa Marie Shusko, jeannetta, PA 

Honors Degree with Highest Honors in 

Caroline Genevieve L. Stark, Austin, TX 

Class of 2000 Alumnae Relatives and Turning Point Students 

Photos by Ca\RLES Grubbs 

Lucy Brooks; sister Leah Brooks '01 

Sisters Kristy Chatham (I), Jackie Chatham 

Sarah Cunningham: sister Kathryn Cunningham '97; 
dog Nigel 

Elizabeth Davis; grandmother Janice Fitzgerald 

Wei Ions '43 

Kimberly Earehart; sister Amy Earehart '97 

Anne Jackson Hauslein; grandmother Helen Anne 
Littleton White '41 

Emily Pegues; mother Kathy Garcia Pegues '71 

32 • Spring/Summer 2000 

Caroline Stark isister Eugenia Stark '95, cousins 
Susan Sellers Ewing '71 & Ellen Sellers McDowell '77 
could not attend) 

Turning Point Graduates, 1-r: Elinor Stebbins; 
Rebecca Rogers; Sarah Ponton; Janis Roskelley 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

In the Spotxight 

Mary Cantey Dunn '68 
Tells of Career in Show 
Business Publishing 

After graduation (and a first 
job at NBC selling advertising, 
which she didn't like), Mary 
Dunn found her way, by chance, 
into a job as a picture researcher 
at Time magazine. From there, 
she forged a remarkably success- 
fill career as a photo editor in the 
fiercely-competitive world of 
show business publishing, work- 
ing mosdy for People and Enter- 
tainment Weekly magazines. Now 
retired from EW, Mary brought 
her experience and expertise back 
to SBC March 19-21 as an 
Alumna-in-Residence, partici- 
pating in classes and talking to 
students about her career. 

"She was a great resource and 
such an enthusiastic, dynamic 
person," commented Alissa 
Harris, a senior with a self- 
designed major in media studies. 
"She was very open to questions 
and really let students explore her 
field. She gave us tips on how to 
get started at the bottom, such as 
compiling a good resume and a 
portfolio ot work, looking tor 
internships or freelance jobs to 
get to know employers. And we 
enjoyed getting the inside scoop 
on stars!" 

"It was inspiring to talk to 
such a charismatic, take-charge, 
sort of woman," said Amy 
Whitney'Ol, American Studies 
major. "I liked her reminiscences 
about her student days at Sweet 
Briar. It sounds as if she was 
quite a rebel, but that adventur- 
ous attitude stayed wdth her and 
turned out to be a great asset in 
her career." 

"Mary gave students a realis- 
tic view of work in the fast-paced 
world of show business media," 
said Instructor Paige Critcher, 


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whose studio art class Mary vis- 
ited. "Not surprisingly, one has to 
be assertive and opinionated to 
succeed." In this class, Mary used 
a slide presentation to critique 
photographs. "Point of view" was 
a phrase she used often. "In this 
business, one needs a fresh, new 
point of view — it's the way to 
distinguish oneseU." Her own 
point of view she described as 
"cynical" — usefiJ in conveying 
the image of Entertainment 
Weekly as "youthfiil and cocky, 
and knowing." Mary's favorite 
among her EW covers is one of 
Jack Nicholson, looking indeed 
very cocky and knowing. 

"This is a young person's pro- 
fession," Mary added. "With 
everything going to digital, tech- 
nology is opening up whole new 

Mary also took part in Profes- 
sor Dean DeFino's English class, 
"Word and Image," gave a public 
lecture, and held lunch and din- 
ner discussions with students. 
Students enjoyed hearing about 
the personal side of her career, 
the struggle to balance it with 
raising daughter MufFie, a 
Barnard graduate, now a televi- 
sion producer. 

"So many kids want to get 
into the visual fields now," 
observed Mary. "I got an excel- 
lent liberal arts education here, 
but I'm glad that today Sweet 
Briar is doing what it needs to do 
and is more geared toward send- 
ing its graduates out into the 
world. The Honors Program is 
very impressive, and it's exciting 
to see that film studies is such a 
popular field. 

"Being back makes me realize 
how much I support women's 
colleges. Students are so much 
fi-eer to assert themselves and to 
form real fiiendships. In coedu- 
cation, the dynamic with the 
men overwhelming the women is 
just wrong for education." 

Mary found it "very touching" 
to see SBC looking much the 
same as when she was a student. 
"Even with so many new addi- 
tions, it is heartening that the 
core is so intact." 

Now Mary looks forward to 
time with husband Toby, a New 
York advertising executive. Her 
plans include volunteering and 
traveling (keeping Sweet Briar's 
alumnae tours in mind). She is 
studying Italian; her pipe dream 
is to buy a house in Italy. 

When Mary retired from EW 
in September 1999, the maga- 
zine's "Letter from the President" 
stated: ". . .EW is thriving, in no 
small part due to the award- 
winning photographic st}'le that 
Dunn — with her brisk, can-do 
attitude — brought to its 
pages... 'When Mary arrived,' 
says EW managing editor Jim 
Seymore, 'we didn't have a clear 
pictorial philosophy. She turned 
things around in a hurry.' She 
began by bringing in such 
esteemed photographers as Mary 
EUen Mark and Matthew 
Rolston. She also pushed for dis- 
tinctive black-and-white covers, 
to set EW apart on newsstands. 

'She has an incredible 'eye,' says 
Seymore. 'I could always trust 
her instincts.' " 

The editorial concluded 
". . .everyone that ever worked 
here — or ever will — is in her 

Sweet Briar too is in Mary's 
debt, for the reflected honor and 
glory she has brought her alma 
mater, and for her generosity in 
sharing her insight and advice 
with smdents. 

Doing God's Work 
Where Hope is Rare 

By F. Lee 

Reprinted with permission from the 
June 4, 2000 issue o/The New 
York Times. 

How do you find God in a 
place of faded glory, far from 
home? The question haunts 
Amira Hernandez. Ms. 
Hernandez, who recentiy gradu- 
ated from college, works in 
Bedford Park, the Bronx, near 
the part of the Grand Concourse 
that is no longer grand, with its 
drug-dealing side streets and 
ground-down life stories. 

Ms. Hernandez, 23, came to 
New York last summer from 
Spartanburg, S.C., to volunteer 
v«th a nonprofit group called 
Part of the Solution, which pro- 
vides poor people with food, 
housing, and legal services. Ms. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Spring/Summer 2000 • 33 

Hernandez's spiritual faith made 
her want to change the world, 
and her idealism has not faded. 
But her search for God in the 
Bronx has been far harder than 
she ever imagined. 

"Something's out ot sync 
when you've got so many women 
and children and men being 
abused and neglected in some 
way in a world that should be 
able to feed everyone," she said, 
explaining her mission. "I didn't 
want to participate in the injus- 

But justice can be a mighty 
big concept to wresde down to 
human size and parcel out. Ms. 
Hernandez would organize 
meetings so people could deal 
with the bad things in their lives, 
Uke dilapidated housing, but 
often they would not show up. 
Sometimes it was because of a 
long wait at a clinic to treat a 
sick baby. Sometimes it was 
because of too many drinks the 
night before. 

Ms. Hernandez, a thin 
woman with a curtain ot bright 
red hair, also felt the heartbreak 
of seeing suffering up close, day 
in and day out. Homelessness. 
Unemployment. Addiction. 

"You come in wdth these 
great, idealistic intentions," she 
said. "Grass roots all the way. 
Work from the bottom up. On a 
practical level, sometimes it's 
hard to get everybody to go to a 
meeting they're supposed to go 

"It's a challenge to remain 
respectful and at the same time 
try to demonstrate the impor- 
tance of follow- through," Ms. 
Hernandez said. "There are days 
that I am so frustrated, I'm not 
convinced this is the level on 
which I'm supposed to be work- 
ing. The flight response is huge." 

"I am angry not just about the 
disproportion of wealth but also 
the simplicity of what people ask 
for," she said. "Some days, all 
they want is someone to talk to." 

Ms. Hernandez is part of an 
effort called the Jesuit Volunteer 
Corps, a Roman Catholic organ- 
ization that sends recent college 

34 • Spring/Summer 2000 

graduates to volunteer in poor 
communities. They work in 
exchange for food, board and a 
small stipend. In New York City, 
the volunteers are in every bor- 
ough, working at organizations 
like New York State Tenants and 
Neighbors Coalition and the 
Urban Justice Center. They are 
teachers, counselors and health 
workers, among other vocations. 

Like other volunteers, Ms. 
Hernandez was recruited from 
college. She is a 1999 graduate 
from Sweet Briar CoUege, which 
has a 3,600-acre campus in 
Sweet Briar, Va. She was not 
especially keen on coming to 
New York, she said, but was 
attracted to Part of the Solution 
because it offered so many serv- 
ices and seemed so engaged with 
the community. She was heart- 
ened when she found that many 
people in the neighborhood were 
eager to share their lives with 

Many of the smells and 
sounds of the neighborhood were 
familiar, Ms. Hernandez said, 
from the trips she took to 
Colombia with her father, a col- 
lege professor who is a native of 
that country. She speaks Spanish. 

"I guess the greatest surprise 
has been how much of their lives 
they want to share with you," she 
said. "In detail many of us out of 
fear of embarrassment or judg- 
ment would not divulge to any- 
one. The honesty is beautiflil and 
humbling. There's not a lot of 
surface you have to go through to 
get to the real person. That's the 
greatest gift." 

Ms. Hernandez lives in a 
long, narrow house with five 
other volunteers. White and 
well-scrubbed, they do not 
exacdy resemble their neighbors, 
who are mosdy poor black and 
Latin people. 

If nothing else, the volunteers 
seem well intentioned, and no 
one in the neighborhood bothers 
them. Sharing the same values 
for the most part, they support 
one another through those dark 
nights of the soul. 

"A lot of my personal anguish 

Alethea Okonak, President Muhlentekl, Christine Bump 

this year has been over women," 
Ms. Hernandez said. "The cycles 
of abuse they seem to be stuck in 
or the presence of drugs and 
alcohol in their lives." 

"At the end of the day, some- 
one wiU say let's go and have a 
beer, and I flip out. I can't hear it 
without seeing the face of some- 
one here and seeing the loss of 
life and the loss of independence 
because of alcohol." 

Ms. Hernandez's tour of duty 
ends early in August. She is not 
certain what she will do next. 
But even if her search for faith in 
the Bronx has been met with 
silence sometimes she has seen a 
God with a different face, the 
face of the people she has tried to 
help. They have endured in the 
absence of answers. 

"They're homeless and they're 
housed," Ms. Hernandez said. 
"They're addicted and they're 
clean. They're men and they're 

"I'm gratefiil to them. If it 
wasn't for them, I don't know if I 
would have survived." 

Christine Bump and 
Alethea Okonak: 
2000 Presidential 

President Muhlenfeld pre- 
sented Christine Bump, Napa, 
CA, and Thea Okonak, 
Pittsburgh, PA with Sweet Briar 
College's 2000 Presidential Medal 
at the Academic Recognition 
Dinner March 23. 

The Presidential Medal 

honors seniors who have demon- 
strated exemplary intellectual 
achievement and distinction in 
some or all of the foUovvdng areas: 
community service; contribution 
to the arts; enlargement of our 
global perspective; athletic 
achievement; leadership; and con- 
tributions to community dis- 
course. Honorees receive a replica 
of the President's Medallion given 
to SBC presidents at their inau- 

Christine Bump, a govern- 
ment major with a minor in 
chemistry, received numerous 
scholarships and awards over four 
years, including the 1999 
Truman Scholarship; she was a 
Betty Bean Black Scholar, 
Kenmore Scholar, and Honors 
Scholar. She was a member of the 
concert and chamber choirs. 
Sweet Tones, Circle K, Phi Alpha 
Delta, and the Dean's Advisory 
Council, and served as the gov- 
ernment department's research 
assistant. She led the fencing 
team, coordinated Orientation, 
and completed an internship for 
the Clerk's Office of the Supreme 
Court of the United States. 

Christine received an Honors 
Degree with Highest Honors in 
Government. A Phi Beta Kappa, 
summa cum laude graduate, this 
fall she begins a joint degree pro- 
gram to obtain both a law degree 
and a Master's of Public Health 
from Emory University 

Thea Okonak, a WUliams 
Scholar, majored in sociology, 
with a double minor in anthro- 
pology and English. She was on 
the Dean's List, elected twice to 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Mary Harris 

Who's Who Among Students in 
American Universities and Col- 
leges, and received the Rickards 
Award in 1997. 

Vice president of Student 
Government, she also served 
as a resident advisor and co- 
coordinator of the Saturday 
Enrichment Program, worked as 
a peer tutor in the Academic 
Resource Center, and sat on the 
Dean's Advisory Committee. She 
was a research assistant in sociol- 
ogy and a student member of 
SBC's Board of Directors, serv- 
ing on its Buildings and Grounds 
Committee and the College's 
Land Use Committee. A Phi 
Beta Kappa, magna cum laude 
graduate, she was awarded the 
Shakespeare Prize and received 
Highest Honors in Sociology. 
This summer she participated in 
the Virginia Program at Oxford. 
Thea intends to pursue a Ph.D. 
in anthropology. 

Dr. Mary Lawrence 
Harris '79 Wins 
Teaching Award at 
Johns Hopkins 
Medical School 

Dr. Mary Lawrence Harris, 
Associate Professor in the 
Department of Gastroenterology 
at The Johns Hopkins University 
School of Medicine, is the 1999- 
2000 recipient of the Professor's 
Award for Distinction in Teach- 
ing in the Clinical Divisions. The 
Dean of the Medical Faculty 
stated, "This Award is intended 

to recognize those men and 
women whose investment in the 
teaching of students at both the 
pre and post-doctoral levels in 
the School of Medicine is of the 
highest order." The award was 
conferred at the School of 
Medicine's graduation on May 

Mary has been a member of 
the Johns Hopkins faculty since 
1989. After earning her degree in 
biology from Sweet Briar, gradu- 
ating magna cum laude and Phi 
Beta Kappa, she earned the 
M.D. from the University of 
Virginia Medical School in 1983, 
then completed a three-year resi- 
dency in internal medicine at 
UVA, followed by a three-year 
post-doctoral fellowship in gas- 
troenterology (the branch of 
medicine concerned with the 
stomach and intestines) at Johns 
Hopkins. A specialist in Crohn's 
disease, she has published articles 
in Gastroenterology and other pro- 
fessional journals, and has given 
numerous presentations and 
invited lectures and symposiums. 

Sweet Briar could borrow the 
words of Dean MUler of the 
Johns Hopkins Medical School 
to describe Mary, because all of 
her contact with Sweet Briar has 
been "ot the highest order" A 
campus leader, she was president 
of the student government, a 
Sweet Briar Scholar, an Alumna 
Daughter Scholar, a QV, and 
member of Tau Phi. At gradua- 
tion she received the Penelope 
Czarra Award for scholastic 
achievement, leadership, and 
effective contribution to the 

quality of student life. She was 
elected by her classmates to serve 
a two-year term on Sweet Briar's 
Board (known then as the Board 
of Overseers). In spite of her 
almost-impossible doctor's 
schedule. Mar)' has continued 
her involvement with the Col- 
lege, serving on her class' 
Reunion Gifts Committee 
(1989) and completing a second 
term on the College's Board of 
Directors (1995-97). 

Demonstrating early the 
commitment to helping others 
that has contributed to her out- 
standing record at Johns 
Hopkins, in 1983 Mar)', with her 
mother and fellow Sweet Briar 
graduate Elizabeth "Libby" 
Trueheart Harris'49, established 
the Harris Pre-Med Scholarship 
Fund which benefits Sweet Briar 
students who plan to major in 
biology or biology/chemistry in 
preparation for medical school or 
other careers in the science or 
health fields. 

Sweet Briar is enormously 
proud of Mary, and gratified that 
she has won such recognition 
from Johns Hopkins, one of the 
foremost teaching hospitals in 
the world. Congratulations, 

lades for their longtime involve- 
ment with the College. Cur- 
rendy, as a "twosome," they 
graciously care for Sweet Briar 
House, Boxwood Alumnae 
House, the Museum, and the 
development/public relations 
offices. This June, another high- 
light of the year was celebrated as 
Carolyn's daughter, Yolanda 
Lynn Davis Saunders '96, was 
married in the Sweet Briar 
Chapel. Congratulations to all! 

Carolyn Davis and Christine Pendleton 

Seventy Years' 
Service to Sweet 

At the Spring 2000 Recognition 
Luncheon honoring Sweet Briar 
staff members for length of serv- 
ice, Mrs. Carolyn Davis (40 
years) and Mrs. Christine 
Pendleton (30 years) won acco- 

Thank you, Sara! Rosam Quae Meruit 

Board of Directors 
Chairman Retires 

Sara Finnegan Lycett '61 
received a standing ovation of 
thanks at the AprU 14 dinner 
honoring her and SBC's Class of 
2000. The Resolution presented 
Sara that night by the Alumnae 
Association Board noted the 
completion of her 15-year "Ulus- 
trious term of service": two years 
on the Alumnae Association 
Board, 13 years on the Board of 
Directors. The last five years as a 
director, she was chairman of the 
Board, the first woman and the 
first alumna to hold this position. 
The Resolution continued: "For 
one of our own members to be the 
leader of our beloved alma mater is 
a source of great firide to the Alum- 
nae Association; for the College to 
have enjoyed such remarkable success 
with her hand at the helm fills us 
with profound gratitude. " 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Spring/Summer 2000 • 35 


The 2000 Winter Forums 

By Dr. Jeffrey E. Key 

Associate Professor of Government 

Sweet Briar College 

Sweet Briar's first Winter 
Forums of the new millen- 
nium focused on one of the 
most dynamic global forces, 
Islam. My personal introduction 
to Islam came through studying 
Islamic political thought with 
John Alden Williams at the Uni- 
versity of Texas. Living among 
Muslims while doing my doc- 
toral research in Pakistan rein- 
forced much of what Professor 
Williams taught me and made 
me more curious about its rich 
tradition and many points of 
intersection with Judeo-Christian 
beliefs. As a proponent of dia- 
logue across boundaries, chairing 
the series was personally satisfy- 
ing. It was also professionally 
rewarding in light of the quality 
of the speakers who came to 
share their insights. 

Planning the series was a 
challenge. The celebration of the 
end of the Muslim month ot 
Ramadan fell around the original 
opening date for the series, so we 
pushed the first lecture back one 
week Moreover, there were 
many ways to approach Islam 
and a host of possible speakers to 
consider. For example, Leila 
Ahmed of the Harvard Divinity 
School and a recognized expert 
on women in Islam could not 
join us, nor was there room to 
include representatives of the 
Afghanistan Foundation. One 
thing did remain constant 
throughout the committee's dis- 
cussions: Sweet Briar had to 
bring in the best known author- 
ity on contemporary Islam and 

36 • Spring/Summer 2000 

politics, John Esposito, from 
Georgetown University. "We 
must get Esposito!" was a fre- 
quent refrain. The effort to 
secure his place on the program 
was reminiscent of the hunt for 
Osama Bin Laden. The other 
speakers in the series were also 
logical choices. Professor 
Christina Michelmore's work on 
images of Islam in the media 
would offer food for critical 
reflection on how we view Islam 
and Muslims. Finally, the com- 
mittee felt that a Muslim could 
best explain the core beliefs of 
Islam. As the U.S. Navy's first 
Muslim chaplain, Lt. Malak Ibn 
Noel, Jr. would bring a unique 
personal insight to this task. 

John L. Esposito is to Islamic 
studies what Michael Jordan is to 
basketball. There is no better 
known nor more respected 
scholar in the field. He has 
authored, co-authored, or edited 
two dozen books and published 
scores of scholarly articles on var- 
ious aspects of Islam and politics. 
In opening the 2000 Winter 
Forums, Esposito spoke passion- 
ately about the need for the West 
to understand Islam, its ties to 
Christianity and Judaism, and 
the dynamic role it will play in 
world affairs in the new millen- 

The need to understand Islam 
is self-evident. It is the world's 
second largest religion, and the 
fastest growing in the United 
States. Nevertheless, Muslims' 
beliefs are poorly understood, 
and misinformed opinion takes 

Professor leftVey Kev, |ohn Esposito, President Muhlenfeld 

the place of reasoned insight in 
discussions of Islam and interna- 
tional affairs. The Islamic world 
is viewed as a monolith, when in 
fact there is considerable diversity 
in the way Muslims live and 
practice their faith. While Islam 
is associated with the Middle 
East, more Muslims live outside 
the region in the countries of 
South and Southeast Asia. Even 
in the U.S., the face of Islam is 
no longer that of an immigrant 
or African-American Muslim 
but is increasingly likely to be 
that of a white, midwestern 
woman who has left one of the 
established Christian denomina- 
tions. This trend should not be 
surprising in light of Islam's ties 
to Christianity. 

While many in the West 
make frequent reference to the 
Judeo-Christian tradition, few 
realize that Islam shares the same 
monotheistic roots. Muslims 
venerate the same line of 
Prophets. According to Esposito, 
this common foundation should 
more accurately be labeled the 
"Judeo-Christian-Muslim" tradi- 
tion. The West's unwillingness to 
acknowledge these links to Islam 
dates back to the Crusades and 
the expansion of Islamic empires 
which threatened European 
Christendom. This hostility car- 
ries over to the present. As a 
consequence of events in the 
Middle East, Muslims are 
treated with suspicion in 

America. Arabs visiting the 
United States and Arab-Ameri- 
cans come under great scrutiny 
when traveling. Even non- Arabs 
returning to the U.S. from the 
Middle East often receive less 
than a warm welcome. Esposito 
recalled once being questioned 
vigorously upon reentering the 
country from a research trip to 
the region. He was asked by an 
immigration official who, noting 
his numerous visits to the 
Middle East over the years, 
asked pointedly, "Do you have 
any friends there?" 

After Professor Esposito 
explained the origins of many 
anti-Islam attitudes, Chatham 
College's Christina Michelmore 
ex-plored the enduring quality of 
these prejudices in her lecture, 
"Old Pictures in New Frames." 

The editorial cartoons accom- 
panying Professor Michelmore's 
lecture illustrated how such 
unflattering stereotypes of Arabs 
and Muslims as fanatics and ter- 
rorists have been perpetuated. 
Cartoonists have great freedom 
to depict their subjects in the 
most unflattering terms. Indeed, 
as she noted, the power of edito- 
rial cartoons lies in their lack of 
subdety. No editorialist could get 
away with referring to Arabs as 
"camel jockeys" or "rag heads," 
yet cartoonists regularly draw 
them with these epithets clearly 
in mind. 

Islam remained in the back- 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Professor Mike Richards with Christina Michelmore 

Acting Chaplain Melissa Henning '99; U.S. Navy Lt. Malak Ibn Noel, Jr.; 
Professor Jeffrey Key 

ground for much of the 20th 
century as cartoons focused 
instead on concerns about oil or 
the Arab-Israeli conflict in the 
Middle East. Several trends are 
evident in cartoon coverage of 
the region. The OPEC oil 
embargo of 1973 changed both 
the tone and content of cartoons. 
In earlier decades, an Arab might 
appear as an Egyptian pharaoh 
or a gentleman wearing a fez. 
After the embargo, Arabs were 
drawn as robed sheiks with 
enlarged, hawkish noses, often 
commanding scantily-clad danc- 
ing girls or a veiled harem, and 
greedily lording over oil reserves. 
Notably, this anti-Arab bias in 
cartoons diminished in the 
1980s. Earlier, the biblical 
imagery of David and Goliath 
had been employed to evoke 
sympathy for Israel in its conflict 

with neighboring Arab states. 
This relationship was reversed 
following Israel's invasion of 
Lebanon in 1982 and its harsh 
response to the Palestinian 
Intifada in the late 1980s. For 
editorial cartoonists, Israel 
became the cruel Goliath and 
Palestinian Arabs the collective 

Islam per se was never a 
theme in cartoons until the 
Iranian Revolution and the rise 
to power of the AyatoUah 
Khomeini. Khomeini's instantly 
recognizable visage, further exag- 
gerated, became the face of Islam 
in editorial cartoons. The Islamic 
world was depicted as being pop- 
ulated entirely by bearded clerics. 
Other symbols associated wdth 
Islam, such as mosques and 
minarets, provided a tamUiar 
backdrop. Disparate events 

around the world were instantly 
given an Islamic label. For exam- 
ple, Pakistan's nuclear test in 
May 1998 was drawn as the 
explosion of an "Islamic bomb." 

After Professor Michelmore 
shed light on the ugly face of 
anti-Muslim bigotry evident in 
American political cartoons. 
Chaplain Malak Ibn Noel, Jr. 
offered what was for many in the 
audience their first encounter 
with a Muslim. 

Originally scheduled to open 
the series, Chaplain Noel closed 
the 2000 Winter Forums with a 
glimpse into what it means to be 
a Muslim in America. With 
abundant wit, "Chaps" as he 
prefers to be called, laid out the 
basic tenets of Islam and shared 
some personal insights from his 
own life in one of the most inter- 
active sessions in recent Winter 
Forums history. Islam means 
"wiUful submission to Allah." A 
Muslim is "one who submits." 
Five obligator)' duties, or "pil- 
lars," are central to the life of all 
Muslims. These are: the confes- 
sion of faith, daily prayer, alms 
gi\ang, fasting during Ramadan, 
and visiting Mecca at least once. 
Sunni Muslims are those who 
follow the tradition {Sunnah) of 
the Prophet Mohammad. They 
constitute the overwhelming 
majority of the world's Muslims. 
The Shi'i (partisan) minority 
found principally in Iran stand 
apart from this Sunni majority 
for political reasons dating back 
to the succession of the Prophet 
Mohammad. Shiites feel that 
Mohammad's successor should 
have been his son-in-law and 
cousin, Ali, so that leadership of 
the Muslim community (the 
Umma) would remain within 
Mohammad's line. Beyond this 
political difference and related 
theological issues having to do 
with the qualities of leaders, both 
Sunnis and Shiites subscribe to 
the five pillars. 

Chaplain Noel answered 
audience questions that went to 
the heart of some of the most 
inflammatory issues associated 
with contemporary Islam. The 

treatment of Christians in south- 
ern Sudan by the Islamist gov- 
ernment in that country was 
raised. The conflict has been por- 
trayed as a religious clash when 
in fact it is much more complex 
and is rooted in regional differ- 
ences within the country. The 
relationship between the Nation 
of Islam and mainstream Islam is 
much simpler. The Nation of 
Islam is an African- American 
nationalist organization founded 
in Detroit in the early 1930s, 
which attracted a following due 
to oppressive social and eco- 
nomic conditions in northern 
cities. The group was so named 
by the media or the U.S. govern- 
ment, but that label stuck and is 
now accepted by its members. 
Though they represent them- 
selves as Muslims, explained 
Chaplain Noel, "It is not in any 
way associated with orthodox 
Islam." They are an organization 
that sprang from an environment 
of hate. They are anti-Semitic 
and have only recendy allowed 
women to play a larger role in 
their activities. All African- 
American Muslims are not 
members of the Nation of Islam. 

Sweet Briar's focus on Islam 
for the 2000 Winter Forums was 
timely. Understanding and dia- 
logue across religious boundaries 
will be essential to promoting 
civil society at the national and 
international levels. This series 
was an important step for the 
Sweet Briar community. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Spring/Summer 2000 • 37 

1999 Outstanding Alumna Award 
TO Allison Stemmons Simon '63 

Introduction ofHonoree at 
Reunion Convocation, May 13, 
2000 by Kathy Garcia Pegiies '71, 
president of the Alumnae 

One of the greatest privi- 
leges I have as president of 
the Sweet Briar Alumnae 
Association is presenting the 
Outstanding Alumna Award, 
which is conferred annually on 
an alumna who has been out of 
college at least 15 years and has 
given outstanding volunteer 
service to Sweet Briar. This 
year's winner is the Class of 
1963 's Allison "Allie" 
Stemmons Simon, who has a 
truly inspiring record of service 
to Sweet Briar. We're delighted 
that she is here today to accept 
the award; I'd also like to give a 
special welcome to AUie's class- 
mates who have come to cele- 
brate her award even though it 
is not their reunion year: Lucy 
Otis Anderson, Nancy Dixon 
Brown, Betty Stanly Gates, 
Lisa Wood Hancock, Margaret 
MUlender Holmes, Stevie 
Fontaine Keown, Keitt 
Matheson Wood, and Lee 
Kucewicz Parhani. 

For many of you, AUie needs 
no introduction because she has 
been a familiar face on campus, 
especially during the 13 years 
that she served on Sweet Briar's 
Board of Directors, for a num- 
ber of those years as the Board's 
vice chairman. On the Board, 
she was chair of the Future 
Directions and Steering com- 
mittees, and a member of the 
Marketing, Executive, Nomi- 
nating, and Campaign Leader- 

ship committees. She has had a 
lasting influence on the College 
and her conscientious service 
has contributed enormously to 
the quality of life at Sweet 

A look at the extremely busy 
life AUie leads in her home- 
town of Dallas makes me 
appreciate even more the time 
that she has devoted to Sweet 
Briar. She is the mainstay of 
her family, a devoted wife to 
husband Heinz, and daughter 
of John Stemmons. She also 
runs a very successfiil business 
as a travel consultant. AUie 
greatly enlivens the Sweet Briar 
presence in Dallas, always say- 
ing "yes" when called upon to 
host a Sweet Briar event, and 
offering gracious hospitality to 
visitors from the CoUege. 

Allie has also served on the 
board of the Episcopal School 
in Dallas. She actually makes 
time too for some hobbies — 
skiing, cats and dogs, and of 
course music, which was her 
main interest as a student at 
Sweet Briar and in which she 
did graduate work at Southern 
Methodist University School of 
Music. At Sweet Briar, she 
majored in Latin, with a music 
minor. She was head ot choir 
and presented a recital in her 
senior year. She served admis- 
sions as a student guide and 
was vice president of the 

The Board of the Alumnae 
Association has prepared a res- 
olution for AUie, expressing its 
appreciation. Warm congratula- 
tions, Allie, from your Sweet 
Briar family. 


BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of the Sweet Briar 
CoUege Alumnae Association, assembled on AprU 16, 2000, 
acknowledges with gratitude the extraordinary depth of com- 
mitment that AUison "AUie" Stemmons Simon, Class of 1963, 
has shown to Sweet Briar CoUege. She has supported her alma 
mater since she graduated, but tor thirteen years, from 1981- 
1994, she was direcdy involved at the highest levels wdth the 
CoUege 's fortunes, as a member of Sweet Briar's Board of 
Directors. She served as Vice Chairman of the Board, was 
Chairman of the 1986 Future Directions and Planning Steer- 
ing committees, and a valued member of numerous other key 
committees. Today, AUie remains closely involved as a member 
of the Sweet Briar College Centennial Commission. 

AUie has also made major contributions to the fiand-raising 
efforts of the College, through both her own generosity and the 
inspiring of others. In 1988, working with the Reunion Gifts 
Co-chairman, she set a new record for a 25th Reunion class 
gift. In 1993, she was instrumental in establishing the 1963 
50th Reunion fiind in preparation for their Reunion in 2013, 
and in 1998, she was Reunion Gifts Co-chair. The Honors 
Program and the G. Noble GUpin Faculty Development Fund 
have also gready benefited from AUie's generosity. She has 
served her class as class president and class secretary. In Dallas, 
Allie was president of the Dallas Sweet Briar Alumnae Club 
and DaUas Bulb Chairman. She has been a most gracious host 
for many Sweet Briar events and for visiting personnel from 
the CoUege. Everything AUie does is characterized by her mar- 
velous energy and bonhomie, and enhanced by her inimitable 
Texas style. 

The Alumnae Association washes to express its deepest 
appreciation to AUie, our 1999 Outstanding Alumna, for her 
innumerable contributions to her alma mater and for her stew- 
ardship of its fijture. They do so by way of this Resolution to 
be recorded in the official Minutes and to be transmitted to 

Kathleen "Kathy" Garcia Pegues '71 
President, Sweet Briar College 
Alumnae Association 

Louise Swiecki Zi7igaro '80 
Director, Sweet Briar College 
Alumnae Association 

38 • Spring/Summer 2000 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Allie Stemmons Simon '63 Accepts the 
1999 Outstanding Alumna Award 

Thank you, Kathy, President 
Muhlenfeld — Betsy — Louise, 
and those on the selection 
committee, a number of whom 
should have known better. y4 
special thanks, also, to eight of my 
classmates from the illustrious 
Class of '63 who've come from 
New York, Florida and many 
points in between to celebrate 
with me today. What wonderful 
very special lifelong Sweet Briar 
friendships! We're having every 
bit as muchfim at our mini- 
reunion as you are at your official 
one, and frankly you'd be much 
more entertained this morning if I 
chunked this speech and tried to 
relate some of the jokes and stories 
which were flying around last 
night! But short term memory 
being somewhat suspect these 
days, I'd better not stray far fr-om 
my written text. 

It goes without saying that 
to be honored in this way by 
Sweet Briar was not only unex- 
pected but also a litde over- 
whelming, particularly when I 
looked at the list of former 
"outstanding alumnae." A sur- 
prising number I've known, 
many are friends I've served 
with on the Board of Directors, 
and all are far more outstanding 
than I could ever be. Two in 
particular I must single out 
because they are not only spe- 
cial to Sweet Briar but also to 
me personally — Dale Hutter 
Harris, my mentor on the 
Board, and the late Ouija 
Adams Bush who will forever 
mean Sweet Briar to aU of us in 
Dallas. To be honored in their 
company is truly humbling. 

I received the news of this 
award almost a year ago and 
along with it the invitation to 
"say a few words." The tradition 
of undergraduate procrastina- 
tion still runs strong and 
although periodically I toyed 
with various thoughts and 
themes, I finally found myself 

last Sunday night sitting in 
front of a blank word processor 
and thinking, "What can I pos- 
sibly say to this assembly?" 
You're all dedicated Sweet Briar 
alumnae and supporters, taking 
a special weekend to celebrate 
reunions and reconnect with 
friends and classmates, and my 

remains so remarkable to us all. 
As I look out over this gath- 
ering 1 see heads grayer than 
my own, although not by 
much, and young women who 
graduated only five years ago. 
I'm sure each of you, without 
exception, feels that your four 
particular years at Sweet Briar 

Allie Simon 

standing up here and telling 
you that Sweet Briar is won- 
derfiil would be a classic case of 
"preaching to the choir." Nor is 
this the proper time to ascend 
the soapbox and ring the 
changes for single sex education 
for women which I'm sure we 
aU agree is a critical educational 
option and one which is merci- 
fiJly alive and well at Sweet 
Briar College. What I'd like to 
focus on, instead, is a couple of 
the reasons Sweet Briar 

were the finest in the history of 
the College. Of course the 
truth is it was the years 
between 1959 and 1963 which 
were absolutely the best and 
there's a little enclave of my 
supporters sitting down here 
who will back me up on that! 
However, while we all love the 
same Sweet Briar College with 
its gorgeous campus and time- 
less traditions, each of us has 
had a very different college 
experience here. Sweet Briar 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

has not remained the same — it 
has consistendy been, in the 
words of the slogan adopted for 
our upcoming centennial, 
"ahead of its time" and has 
evolved and adapted to best 
serve the needs of each college 
generation. The curriculum 
offered to the earliest Sweet 
Briar students is no longer 
appropriate, just as the educa- 
tional experience which 
launched me and my classmates 
into the later 1960s would be 
totally inadequate for today's 
students who face a frantic- 
paced "" world. But the 
mission of the College remains 
essentially the same — in the 
words of Indiana Fletcher 
Williams, "an education to pre- 
pare young women to be useflil 
members of society." Miss Indie 
was a wise woman. She did not 
specify the kind of education or 
even the kind of society, and 
that is fortunate because both 
have changed. And for a hun- 
dred years the Board of Direc- 
tors which she established has 
been able to assure that a Sweet 
Briar education provides each 
student with that which is nec- 
essary to live and excel in her 
current world. Miss Indie 
might be a little flabbergasted 
at some of the changes but I 
think she'd be pleased — and if 
Daisy lived today she'd proba- 
bly stiU be playing the harp but 
getting her lessons off the 

French is not my language; 
however, there's a famous quote 
which in translation reads "the 
more things change, the more 
they remain the same." Change 
is healthy and necessary and 
things change constantiy at 
Sweet Briar. Every time I 
return I'm more and more 
aware of that. Students change, 
administrations change, the 
Board changes, the campus 
changes. But one thing which 

Spring/Summer 2000 • 39 

Sweet Briar House luncheon in celebration of our Outstanding Alumna! Read 1-r. 

Front row: Allie; Stevie Fontaine Keown; Nancy Dixon Brown; Lucy Otis 


2nd row: Betty Stanly Gates; Lee Kucewicz Parham 

3rd row: Keitt Matheson Wood; Adelaide Hapala; Lisa Wood Hancock 

4th row: President Muhlenfeld; Margaret Millender Holmes 

remains remarkably the same is 
our faculty, one of the greatest 
assets of Sweet Briar College. 
The names and faces are 
inevitably different, but that 
entity which is "the faculty" is 
a strong, unbroken thread pro- 
viding institutional continuity 
through the 100 years of Sweet 
Briar's existence. The members 
of our faculty are academically 
distinguished, but more than 
that — they are outstanding and 
caring human beings who 
come to Sweet Briar not only 
to teach, study, and research 
but to make their homes here, 
raise their families here and, in 
addition to serving the College 
also make remarkable contri- 
butions to the local commu- 
nity. Moreover, Sweet Briar 
professors go the extra mUe for 
their students — they nurture 
and encourage us, adopt us, 
feed us, prod us when we slack 
off, exalt wdth us when we suc- 
ceed, become our friends and 
are there for us all our hves 
long, and this is by no means 
the norm in colleges and uni- 
versities. From the earHest col- 
leagues of Miss Benedict, to 
Milan Hapala and Noble 
Gilpin who were special to me, 
to the outstanding young 

40 • Spring/Summer 2000 

scholars who teach here today, 
these dedicated educators are 
the lifeblood of Sweet Briar 

I first saw Sweet Briar 
when I was an eighth grader 
and my parents brought me on 
a spring break trip to Virginia 
to look at colleges. I was far 
too young to make any kind of 
decision but they were out to 
sow some seeds — Mother grew 
up in Bedford, just on the 
other side of Lynchburg, and 
Daddy attended Washington 
and Lee, so there was strong 
family sentiment for me to 
consider a Virginia school. We 
turned into the driveway and 
by the time we got to the 
quadrangle — which in those 
days was vvathout the chapel — 
1 was hooked! If Sweet Briar 
had specialized in animal hus- 
bandry or the proverbial 
"underwater basket weaving," 
that would not have mat- 
tered — this was where I was 
going to college and I never 
changed my mind. Fortunately, 
I chose exacdy the right school 
for all the wrong reasons, and 
the liberal arts education I 
received at Sweet Briar was 
precisely what I needed, 
whether I knew it or not — 

which I didn't. I spent four 
glorious, happy years here, 
studied a litde, learned a little, 
grew up a lot and emerged 
with some fantastic lifelong 
friends, an A.B. degree in 
Latin, and not the shghtest 
idea of what I intended to do 
from that point on! Ah, the 
beaut)' of hberal arts — eventu- 
ally the learning catches up 
with the learner! Despite, or 
perhaps because of, an abom- 
inable lack of career planning, 
I obtained my first "real job" — 
as a switchboard operator — lit- 
erally, one of those wonderfijl 
boards with 300 cords that you 
get to plug into 300 holes! But 
that led to other opportunities 
in small business administra- 
tion and I progressed from 
flunky to supervisor to man- 
ager, and ultimately to owning 
and operating my own com- 
pany. The skills I learned at 
Sweet Briar — the abUities to 
think and write clearly, to 
research, organize, synthesize 
and make decisions — have car- 
ried me through each stage of 
my business career and also 
through those all-important 
"volunteer vocations" of wife, 
mother, and now parent of my 

It was also my great privi- 
lege to come back to Sweet 
Briar for a "second tour of 
duty," first as a member of the 
Board of Overseers and subse- 
quently the Board of Directors. 
I'm certain I learned more here 
the second time around, 
although in all fairness that 
time I had thirteen years to 
work at it! It was, excepting 
only my marriage, the most 
exciting, challenging, and 
rewarding experience of my 
life. It seems strange and cer- 
tainly unnecessary to be hon- 
ored for working for an 
institution I love and a cause I 
so strongly believe in, but you 
have seen fit to do so and I am 
grateflil beyond all measure. 
Thank you. 

Recipients of the 

Outstanding Alumna 


1968 SBC's first graduates, 
Class of 1910: 

Anne Cumnock Miller'; Eugenia 
Griffin Burnett*; Louise Hooper 
Ewell'; Frances Murrell 
Rickards*; Annie Powell Hodges* 

1969 Edna Lee Gilchrist '26* 

1 970 Gladys Wester Horton '30 

1971 Mary Huntington Harrison '30* 

1972 Phoebe Rowe Peters '31* 

1973 Edith DurrellMarshair21* 

1 974 Florence Freeman Fowler '1 9* 
and Helen H. McMahon '23 

1975 Elizabeth Prescott Balch '28* 

1976 Juliet Halliburton Burnett 
Davis '35 

1977 Martha von Briesen '31 and 
Jacquelyn Strickland Dwelle '35* 

1978 Dorothy Nicholson Tate '38* 

1979 Martha Lou Lemmon 
Stohlman '34 

1980 Dale Hutter Harris '53 

1981 Ann Marshall Whitley '47 

1982 Preston Hodges Hill '49 

1983 Mary Elizabeth Doucett Neill '41 

1984 Nancy Dowd Burton '46* 
and lane Roseberry Ewald 
Tolleson '52 

1985 Julia Sadler deColigny '34* 

1986 Adelaide Boze Glascock '40 and 
Sarah Adams Bush '43* 

1987 Julia Gray Saunders Michaux '39 

1988 Evelyn Dillard Crones '45* 

1 989 Anne Noyes Awtrey Lewis '43 
and Catharine Fitzgerald 
Booker '47* 

1 990 Margaret Sheffield Martin '48 

1991 Sara Shallenberger Brown '32 

1992 Catherine Barnett Brown '49 

1993 Ann Samford Upchurch '48* 

1994 Clare Newman Blanchard '60 
and Mildred Newman Thayer '61 

1995 Helen Murchison Lane '46 and 
Adeline )ones Voorhees '46 

1 996 Alice Gary Farmer Brown '59 

1997 lulia Mills jacobsen '45 

1998 Elizabeth Trueheart Harris '49 

1999 Allison Stemmons Simon '63 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 


'«— •wwfllP^^H^^gl 

Margaret Scouten 

Margaret Scouten: New 
Director of the Junior 
Year in France Program 

Margaret Scouten became 
Sweet Briar's director of the 
Junior Year in France July 1 , 
when Emile Langlois retired 
from the directorship; Professor 
Langlois will spend a final year 
as resident JYF director in Paris. 

Margaret joined the Sweet 
Briar faculty as visiting assistant 
professor of French in 1983-85. 
Following positions as chair 
of the French department at 
the Tandem School in 
Charlottesville, and visiting 
assistant professor of French at 
Mary Baldwin College, she 
returned to SBC in 1989. Since 
1990, she has served as coordina- 
tor of international studies, and in 
1998 was appointed director of 
international studies, teaching in 
the Department of Modern 
Languages and Literature as 
well. During the summers of 
1990 and 1991, Margaret 
directed an International 
Language Academy in French 
on campus. 

She holds a Ph.D. in French 
Literature from SUNY at 
Albany; an M.A. from SUNY at 
Buffalo; and a B.A. from 
LeMoyne College in Syracuse. 
Before coming to Virginia, she 
taught at L'Ecole Normale 

D'Institutrices, L'Ecole Mater- 
nelle in Albi, France, at SUW 
at Cortland, at the Bentley 
School in New York City, at 
SUNY at Albany, and spent a 
year as translator and documen- 
talist at the Cultural Services of 
the French Embassy in New 
York. An active participant in 
numerous Francophile associa- 
tions, she is a member of the 
Board ot Directors ot the Vir- 
ginia Council of International 
Education and the National 
Association ot International 
Educators, and treasurer of the 
Francophone World Special 
Interest Group for NAFSA. 

arrangements for performances in 
Richmond, Adanta, and Sweet 
Briar of the play,^ World Kicked 
to Pieces: Mary Boykin Chesnut on 
Love & War, written by Kenneth 
Graham, presented by The 
Actors' Theatre of South Car- 
olina, and sponsored by the Col- 
lege and the Richmond and 
Adanta Alumnae Clubs. 

This July, Ann became the 
Alumnae Association's associate 
director and director of the 
Alumnae College Program — and 
married fiance Michael Stewart 
Carter After honeymooning in 
Spain, the newlyweds have made 
Lynchburg their home. 

burg; vice president for develop- 
ment, Marv Washington Hospi- 
tal Foundation, Fredericksburg; 
and director of special gifts, 
Mar}' Washington College. At 
Sweet Briar, he looks forward to 
expanding the estate planning 
program by scheduling estate 
planning seminars to be held on 
and off-campus, and to increas- 
ing membership in the Indiana 
Fletcher Williams Associates 
(those who have included the 
College in their wills). Deal 
expects to travel extensively to 
touch base with alumnae, par- 
ents, and friends of the College 
in all areas of the United States. 
He is "very happy to be part of 
such a strong institution at such 
an exciting time in its history." 

Ann MacDonald Carter 

Margaret Ann GadscJen 
MacDonald Carter '97 
Promoted to Associate 
Director of the Alumnae 

Ann MacDonald joined the 
alumnae staff as alumnae pro- 
grams coordinator immediately 
after graduating cum laude from 
SBC with a major in anthropol- 
ogy and minor in Spanish. 
Named assistant director in 1998, 
she expanded the Alumna-in- 
Residence program and contin- 
ued to work closely with alumnae 
clubs in Regions I, III, VI, VII, 
and X, traveling extensively to 
touch base with alumnae in these 
areas. In 1999 she oversaw all 

E. Deal Tompkins: 
Director of Capital and 
Planned Giving 

Deal Tompkins, a native of 
Roanoke, and Sweet Briar's new 
director of capital and planned 
gifts, signed on in May 2000, 
bringing a wealth of experience 
in development and institutional 
planning to the development 
staff. Formerly he served as 
director of planned giving at 
Randolph-Macon College in 
Ashland; vice president for insti- 
tutional advancement at St. 
Andrews Presbyterian College, 
Laurinburg, NC; vice president 
for college advancement, Mary 
Washington College, Fredericks- 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Greg Moody 

Gregory D. Moody: 
Staff Writer/Media 
Relations Coordinator 
on Public Relations 

Greg Moody, a 1997 cum 
laude B.A. graduate ot Colby 
College, ME with a major in 
music, minor in creative writing, 
earned a master of science degree 
in public relations from the S.I. 
Newhouse School of Public 
Communications, Syracuse Uni- 
versity in 1999. Past experience 
in communications and public 
relations includes positions and 

Spring/Summer 2000 • 41 

internships with Washington 
University, St. Louis; Yenawine 
Institute, Syracuse; Syracuse 
University; Syracuse Area Land- 
mark Theatre; WMHB Radio, 
Waterville, ME; and KDXH 
Radio, St. Louis. Joining the 
SBC public relations staff in 
February, he serves as the liaison 
between local, regional, and 
national media and the College, 
and writes for campus publica- 

Kimber Larson 

Kimber Larson: 
Assistant Campaign 

Kimber Larson joined the 
development staff in November 
1999. A 1993 cum laude gradu- 
ate of the University of Pitts- 
burgh with a major in 
communications, and 1996 
alumna of the Art Institute of 
Philadelphia, major in visual 
communications, she has much 
experience in event-planning, 
marketing communication and 
design, and administrative and 
program development from for- 
mer positions in Virginia and 
Pennsylvania. At SBC, Kimber's 
responsibilities include managing 
arrangements for a campaign fea- 
sibility study, working with the 
campaign communications coun- 
sel, assisting with stewardship 
and prospect management, and 
working with the alumnae assis- 
tant director/centennial coordi- 

42 • Spring/Summer 2000 

Jay Philpott 

Jay Philpott Joins 
Development Staff as 
Annual Fund Associate 

A 2000 graduate of Presbyterian 
College in Clinton, SC, Jay 
received the Outstanding Senior 
Award and recognition from the 
student affairs staff as "Student 
Leader of the Year." He focused 
his career search on higher edu- 
cation flind-raising; his develop- 
ment experience includes his 
leadership as alumni phonathon 
manager and student assistant to 
the vice president of advance- 
ment at Presbyterian College. 
Jay's new responsibilities at SBC 
include the smdent phonathon 
program, Junior Boxwood Circle, 
direct mail program, and the 
senior class campaign. 

Heidi McCrory 

Heidi Hansen McCrory: 
Executive Director of 

Ms. Heidi Hansen McCror\' 

of Lynchburg joined the devel- 
opment staff in August. As exec- 
utive director of development, 
she manages the operations ot 
annual giving, stewardship and 
research, and computer systems 
support for development, as well 
as assisting in the upcoming 
campaign with major gifts. For- 
merly director ot development at 
Randolph-Macon Woman's Col- 
lege, her 11 years of development 
experience include management 
positions at the University of 
North Carolina at Greensboro 
and New England College in 
Henniker, NH. Prior to moving 
into development, she spent six 
years in marketing and public 
relations. A cum laude graduate 
of Southern Methodist Univer- 
sity with a major in communica- 
tions and minors in journalism 
and women's studies, she holds a 
master's degree in English from 

consistent records are maintained; 
and overseeing the planning and 
execution of special events and 
programs to acknowledge donors. 
Former positions with corpora- 
tions and educational instimtions 
include administrative and 
media-related work, and a fijl 
roster of volunteer service activi- 
ties in the Lynchburg community. 

Donna Whiteliuuse 

Donna Whitehouse: 
Director of Stev/ardship, 
Development Staff 

A 1976 cum laude graduate of 
Lynchburg College with a B.S. in 
mathematics, Donna 
Whitehouse joined the SBC 
development staff in October 
1999 as director of stewardship, a 
new position. Her varied respon- 
sibilities include making regular 
reports on the financial status 
and current use of funds and 
progress of projects to donors ot 
endowed fiinds; facilitating gift 
acknowledgements; insuring that 

loan Lucy 

Joan Lucy: Centennial 
Coordinator and 
Assistant Director of the 
Alumnae Association 

Joan Lucy assumed her duties 
on January 31 as Sweet Briar's 
centennial coordinator, a tempo- 
rary position on the alumnae 
staff. Effective July 1, Joan was 
promoted to assistant director of 
the Alumnae Association. She 
will continue to serve as centen- 
nial coordinator throughout 
preparations for the College's 
gala celebration, and wiU assist 
Ann MacDonald with the 
Alumnae College Program as 
well as transition into other 
responsibilities as time and work- 
load permit. 

A 1988 graduate of UVA 
yyith a B.A. degree in anthropol- 
ogy, Joan received her M.Ed, in 
School Counseling from UVA in 
1993 and her National Coun- 
selor Certification in 1994. 
Through her work in a variety of 
positions in education and the 
non-profit sector, Joan has wide 
events-planning and volunteer 
management experience. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine ' 


SBC Says Au Revoir To Two Longtime Staff Members 

Nancy Church and Monica Dean: A total of 36 years of dedicated service to 
Sweet Briar! We wish them great success and happiness in their future endeavors. 

Nancy Church 

Noncy Church '77 
Leaves Admissions Post 

Nancv Church, well-known to 
generations of students, parents, 
and alumnae, left Sweet Briar in 
Mav to become director of college 
counseling at Gushing Academy, 
near Boston. She had been at 
Sweet Briar since entering as a 
first-year student in 1973. 

Joining admissions immediately 
after graduation in 1977, Nancy 
completed graduate courses in 
Education Administration and 
Counseling at UVA. Since 1977, 
she has filled nearly every admis- 
sions post, beginning as admissions 
counselor, moving to associate 
director in 1988 and director in 
1990. During the '90s, she served 
as dean of admissions and financial 

Nancy represented SBC region- 
ally and nationally, participating in 
national college counseling semi- 
nars and serving as a reader for 
numerous scholarship programs, 
including the College Board Schol- 
arship and Recognition Programs, 
the Coca-Cola Scholarship Foun- 
dation, the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. Lead- 
ership Awards, and the White 
House Commission on Presidential 

She was a member of the 
Senior Staff, and a kev member on 
several Board of Directors' commit- 
tees, known for her expertise, irre- 
pressible spirit, professionalism, and 
genuine talent for friendship. It will 
be hard to recognize Sweet Briar 
without her. 

Monica Dean 

Monica Dean Leaves 
Public Relations Staff 

Monica Dean left her position 
as Sweet Briar's director ot public 
relations in mid-May to pursue 
new oppormnities in the business 
world as E-Communications Man- 
ager for GE Financial Assurance 
Corporation in Lynchburg. 

Monica has been part ot the 
Sweet Briar community for 12 
years; she and husband Robert 
Steckel, SBC's director of financial 
aid, and daughter Clelie have 
actively participated in all phases of 
campus life. Robert will continue in 
his post, but the family has moved 
to Lynchburg, where Clelie is a 
junior at E. C. Glass High School. 

During her years of leadership, 
Monica initiated and oversaw sig- 
nificant improvements in the Col- 
lege's public relations program. The 
quality of publications going out 
from the College, the College's 
effective use of electronic media, 
high rankings in national surveys, 
including the ranking as the "most 
wired" women's college in the 
nation, improved programming 
through the Lectures and Events 
Committee — Sweet Briar owes 
these tremendous strides to Mon- 
ica's loyal and dedicated commit- 
ment to the College and its 
mission. In all her actions, Monica 
has personified the adage that 
things worth doing are worth doing 
well: she has given her best effort to 
every undertaking. The community 
owes her a debt of gratitude that 
will not be forgotten. 

Elizabeth Cash 

Elizabeth Cash Leaves 
SBC for LC 

Ehzabeth Reid Cash, who 
joined Sweet Briar's development 
staff in September 1998 as assis- 
tant director of the annual fiind, 
resigned in May to accept the 
position of director of the annual 
fiind at Lynchburg College. Very 
much a "people person," she 
enjoyed her close contact with 
SBC students during the twice- 
a-year phonathons which she 
oversaw, and with alumnae vol- 
unteers for the Annual Fund. At 
Lynchburg College her responsi- 
bihties will include work with the 
reunion program (two reunion 
weekends each year), supervision 
of an assistant director who over- 
sees the phonathon and senior 
campaign program, and work 
with the coordinator ot parent 
programs to develop paent par- 
ticipation in the annual fiind. We 
wish her well. 

March 15 to assume the position 
of associate vice president ot 
development at Lynchburg Col- 
lege. Her seven years as Sweet 
Briar's director of development 
and most recently director of 
leadership gift programs were 
marked by significant strides in 
the development program. She 
also served ably as interim vice 
president, leading the develop- 
ment staff during a time of 
change. We vnsh her much suc- 
cess at Lynchburg College. 

Allison Kughn Ebert 

Allison Kughn Ebert, 
Annual Fund Director, 
Steps Dov/n 

Former director of annual giving 
(1997-98) and development 
assistant, annual giving (1995- 
97) at the University of Rich- 
mond, AUison Kughn became 
director of the annual fiind at 
SBC in May 1998. Since then, 
she has worked closely with class 
fiind agents, the Boxwood Circle 
Committee and Boxwood Circle 
fiind agents, and with Reunion 
gift chairs in the Reunion Giving 
program. On June 3, Allison and 
fiance Marshall Reid Ebert, Jr., 
were married. Best wishes to the 
happy couple! 

Denise McDonald 

Denise McDonald Leaves 
SBC for Lynchburg 
College Position 

Denise McDonald left Sweet 
Briar's development staff on 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Spring/Summer 2000 • 43 


Dick Rowland 

In Memoriam: 

Dr. Richard C. Rowland 

Dr. Richard (Dick) Rowland, 
who retired from Sweet Briar in 
1982 as professor of English, and 
served as professor emeritus 
through 1983, died March 14, 
2000 in Portiand, Oregon. He 
was for many years a Friends ot 
the Library CouncU member and 
editor, with his wife Clarissa, of 
the Library Gazette. 

Professor Rowland was a 
long-standing faculty member at 
Sweet Briar, first serving as asso- 
ciate professor (1957-62), profes- 
sor (1962-75), Charles A. Dana 
Professor of English from 1975 
until his retirement in 1982, then 
Charles A. Dana Professor 
Emeritus in 1982-83. 

Professor Rowland resided in 
Portland. He is survived by his 
wife Clarissa; two daughters, 
Charity Marx, Portland and 
Elizabeth Overmever, Berkeley, 
CA; two sons, David, Pordand 
and Hugh, San Francisco; and 
two grandchildren. 

A memorial service was held 
at Sweet Briar during Reunion 
Weekend 2000. 

Look for reminiscences shared 
by his colleagues in the Fall 2000 
Alumnae Magazine. 

Edward Lintorth 

Edward Mortimer 

We have received word that 
Edward Mortimer Linforth, 
who taught Italian Painting, 
studio art, aesthetics, and archi- 
tecture at Sweet Briar from 
1938 to 1945, died on Decem- 
ber 7, 1997. 

After college at the Univer- 
sity of Cahfornia, where his 
father Ivan was chairman of the 
Department of Greek and 
Latin, "Ted" spent several years 
working for architect Julia Mor- 
gan and for William R. Hearst, 
painting murals at San Simeon. 
In 1937 he received an advanced 
degree at the Yale University 
School of Art and Architecture. 

Rejected by the Navy during 
World War II due to inadequate 
eyesight, he served as head of 
the War Price and Rationing 
Board in Amherst County. 

He left Sweet Briar to work 
for the Navy at Yale, then went 
to Rohm and Haas as director of 
research designs, where he 
researched peacetime uses for 
Plexiglas. Retiring early after a 
severe heart attack, he moved to 
Howey in the HUls, Florida. 

Mr. Linforth was married for 

60 years to Justine Arnold, SBC 
'47. In addition to Justine, he is 
survived by two sons, Jonathan 
and David, and two daughters, 
Justine Ingersoll and Katharine 

Joseph D. Landen 

It is with sadness that we 
report the death on April 17, 
2000 of Joseph D. Landen, a for- 
mer member of Sweet Briar's 
Board of Overseers from July 
1974 dirough June 1982. 

Mr. Landen, bom in July 
1925, received his B.S. from Yale 
University and the L.L.B. from 
Chase College of Law in 1949. 
For many years he served as the 
head trust officer at Central 
Trust Company in Cincinnati, 
OH, and was a dedicated and 
involved board member and 
treasurer of the General Protes- 
tant Orphans Home, and a 
member of the executive board of 
the Dan Beard Council of the 
Boy Scouts of America. During 
his term on SBC's Board of 
Overseers, he served on the Aca- 
demic Affairs and Investments & 
Finance committees. 

He is survived by his wife, 
Elizabeth Todd '50, daughters 
Elizabeth ("Libby") '80 and 
Margaret, and mother-in-law 
Ruth Ulland Todd '22. 

Cecile Tetreoult 

Ms. Cecile Tetreault, better 
known fondly as "Ma" by the 
Sweet Briar community, died 
July 21st, 1999 at her home in 
Monroe, from a massive heart 
attack. She was born on August 
22, 1931 in Central Falls, 
Rhode Island. 

Ma became part of the 
Sweet Briar community in the 
summer of 1978 when she 
joined the College's Pohce 
Department as a patrol officer. 
During the summer of 1981, 
she was promoted to the rank 
of sergeant, quickly becoming a 
good friend to Sweet Briar stu- 
dents and a legend and terror 
to young, high-spirited college 
men visiting campus. 

Leaving the College Police 
Department in 1987 to begin 
work in the Information Cen- 
ter, she retired from Sweet 
Briar in 1996, but soon came 
out of retirement as a standby 
operator for the Information 

Remembered for her ongo- 
ing hilarious accounts of cam- 
pus happenings and intrepid 
encounters in the Une of duty, 
her verve and sense of humor is 
missed by all who knew her. 

She is survived by three 
children: Owen Vosburgh, Ann 
Cash, and Lisa Vosburgh. 

44 • Spring/Summer 2000 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Recent Deaths 

ACAD Susan Williams 
Mrs. Scott Wilson 
May 21, 1999 

1918 Virginia Williams 
Mrs. Joseph B. Wells 
Date unknown 

1919 MaryMcCaa 

Mrs. Joseph D. Deal 
November 1,1999 

1920 Corinne Loney 

Mrs. George E. Benson 
November 25, 1999 

1923 Mathilda Bryant 

Mrs. Robert B. George 
September 16, 1999 

1923 Virginia Thompson 

Mrs. Leiand S. McElwee 
May 30, 2000 

1925 Martha Jamison 

Mrs. Hugh W. Causey 
February 1 7, 2000 

1925 Elizabeth MacQueen 
Mrs. Frank A. Payne 
November 2, 1999 

1925 Eleanor Miller 

Mrs. Eleanor M. Patterson 
June 23, 2000 

1926 Elizabeth Rountree 

Mrs. George H. Kellerman 
October 1 7, 1 999 

1926 May Speed 

Mrs. May S. Sexton 
October 24, 1999 

1927 Alice Eskesen 

Mrs. Edwin F. Ganzel 
January 22, 2000 

1927 Audrey Craves 

Mrs. W. C. Graves, Jr. 
Spring 2000 

1928 Phyllis Walker 
Mrs. Robert J. Leary 
January 1999 

1929 Belle Brockenbrough 
Mrs. John S. Hutchins 
March 17,2000 

1930 Marion Bromfield 
Mrs. John B. Verner 
Date unknown 

1930 Eleanor Marshall 

Mrs. N. Beverley Tucker 
September 13, 1999 

1930 Myra Marshall 

Mrs. Edward V. Brush, Jr. 
March 8, 2000 

1931 Jean Cole 

Mrs. J. Cole Anderson 
March 21, 2000 

1931 Ellen Eskridge 

Mrs. Walter L. Sanders, Jr. 
Date unknown 

1931 Elise Jester 

Mrs. Claude W. Meadows, Jr. 
January 27, 2000 

1931 Marion Murphy 

Mrs. William C. Munz 
Date unknown 

1931 Pauline Woodward 
Mrs. Robert W. Hill 
February 4, 2000 

1932 Emma Green 

Mrs. William N. Kennon 
January 18, 2000 

1932 Emma Knowlton 
Mrs. Stuart B. Lytle 
February 21, 2000 

1933 Dorothy Hedges 

Mrs. Robert L. Gushing 
October 31, 1999 
1933 Antoinette Levillian 

Mrs. Charles Heslouin 
December 9, 1999 

1933 Helen Nice 

Mrs. Howard Moss 
December 15, 1999 

1933 Evdokia Ragsdale 

Mrs. H. Scott Stewart 
December 30, 1999 

1933 Mary Bess Roberts 

Ms. Mary R. Waynick 
March 22, 2000 

1933 Leila Van Leer 

Mrs. H. Donald Schwaab 
December 10, 1999 

1933 Ann Watkins 

Mrs. Ann Boatner Groves 
March 31, 2000 

1933 Betty Workman 

Mrs. Workman Wright 
Date unknown 

1934 Netty Ohershain 
Mrs. Netty Bowles 
January 2000 

1935 AllynCapron 
Mrs. Leo H. Heintz 
June 19, 1997 

1935 Frances Morrison 

Mrs. Warren T. Ruddell 
December 1 6, 1 999 

1935 Elizabeth Stone 

Mrs. Elizabeth S. Scerbo 
August 31, 1999 

1936 Jacqueline Moore 
Mrs. William H. 

Hoofnagle, Jr. 
November 27, 1999 

1936 Doris Risk 

Mrs. James D. Curwen 
March 8, 2000 

1936 Maria Gray Valentine 
Mrs. Theodore M. Curtis 
March 26, 2000 

1937 Natalie Lucas 

Mrs. Maitland S. Chase, Jr. 
December 25, 1999 

1937 Helen Williamson 
Mrs. Wayne Dumont II 
June 2, 2000 

1938 Pauline Womack 
Mrs. George S. Swan 
September 24, 1999 

1939 Katherine Richards 
Mrs. Robert L. DeLancey 
March 15,2000 

1939 Mary Jeffery Welles 
Mrs. John V. Pearson 
December 21, 1999 

1 940 Joan Boye 

Mrs. John W. Waddill 
March 4, 2000 

1940 Helen Taylor 

Dr. Helen W. Taylor 
September 7, 1 999 

1940 Margaret Woodward 
Mrs. Jac E. Countess 
March 2, 1998 

1 941 Martha Jean Brooks 
Mrs. Martha jean Miller 
January 25, 2000 

1942 Laura Graves 

Mrs. Gordon P Howell | 
December 24, 1999 

1942 Nancy Taylor 

Mrs. Harris Smith 
March 25, 2000 

1944 Elizabeth Rodgers 
Mrs. William Hagen 
January 11, 2000 

1945 Helen Davis 

Mrs. Herbert C. Wohlers 
December 26, 1999 

1947 Eleanor Bosworth 

Mrs. Edgar F. Shannon, Jr. 
March 3, 2000 

1947 Elizabeth Gates 

Mrs. O. Scott Rogers 
September 27, 1999 

1947 Alice Reese 

Mrs. Joseph E. Edens 
May 24, 1999 

1947 Margaret Ellen White 
Mrs. James Martin Van 

Buren II 
December 4, 1999 

1948 Mary Humphries 
Mrs. John A. Hook 
January 9, 2000 

1948 Anne Ryland Ricks 
Mrs. John A. Griffin 
April 21, 2000 

1948 Elizabeth White 

Mrs. Charles A. Gregory, Jr. 
December 6, 1 999 

1949 Zola Garrison 

Mrs. James G. Ware 
November 23, 1999 

1950 Catherine Barker 

Miss Catherine M. Barker 
January 25, 2000 

1953 Susan Goodridge 

Mrs. Daniel O'Connell 

1953 Jane Littleford 

Mrs. Robert H. Stegeman 
February 2000 

1953 Janet Widau 

Mrs. Janet W. Harris 
January 9, 2000 

1954 Mary Anice Barber 
Mrs. Julian Read 
November 30, 1999 

1955 Kathleen Grant 
Mrs. Oliver Pierson 

1958 LethaWood 

Letha Wood Audhuy 
October 31, 1999 

1959 Catherine Frowery 
Mrs. Cecil R. Greer II 
March 12,2000 

1960 Karen Janssen 
Mrs. Karen J. Brede 
January 6, 2000 

1962 Catherine Grinnan 
Mrs. Harwood Ritter 
November 1, 1999 

1966 Judy Baker 

Mrs. Nelson DeSouza 
February 9, 2000 

1967 Daphne Baynham 
Mrs. Kemble White III 
November 30, 1999 

1968 Andrea Walker 

Mrs. Andrea Walker Rice 
January 17,2000 

1986 Cecilia Kennedy 

Miss Cecilia M. Kennedy 
January 17, 1997 

If you wish to write to a member 
of the family of someone recently 
deceased, please contact the 
Alumnae Office for name and 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Spring/Summer 2000 • 45 

Sweet Briar Aiumnae College Travel Program 2001 

lanuary 13-20, 2001: "The Hidden 
Islands of the West Indies: 
Grenadines, Windwards & 

One-week voyage on the 69-cabin 
Yorktown Clipper calling at the 
beautiful islands of Bequia, Union 
Island, St. Lucia, Dominica, Nevis, 
and St. Kitts. Optional sailboat and 
catamaran excursions to tiny out- 
of-the-way islands in the 
Grenadines-Mayreau, Tobago 
Cays, and Mystique. Small motor- 
ized landing craft explore other- 
wise inaccessible beaches and 
islands: swim, hike, bird-watch 
with onboard naturalist. Onboard 
historian offers an interesting per- 
spective on the islands' history. 
Travel with alumni from UVA and 
UNC at Chapel Hill. 

March 5-13: Alumni College in 

Ideal program of travel and study 
based in Aix-en-Provence, the 
region's capital. Seven nights at 
first-class Hotel Aquabella in Aix, 
daily mix of seminars and excur- 
sions. Special "Meet the People" 
panel discussion with local resi- 
dents. Excursion highlights: Aix, the 
old fishing village of Cassis; historic 
villages of Les Luberon, Aries with 
its Roman ruins; beautiful sights of 
Les Baux and St. Remy; Palace of 
the Popes in Avignon; and the 
remarkable aqueduct of the Pont 
du Card. Excellent value with 
transatlantic air, 3 meals a day; all 
seminars, excursions, and accom- 
modations included at reasonable 

May 22-|une 8: China and the 
Yangtse River. 

Guest lecturer: SBC Professor of 
Art History Aileen Laing. This com- 
prehensive yet well-paced tour 
includes both universally celebrated 
sites and many less known to west- 
erners. Begin in Beijing with wel- 
come ceremonies and an 
introduction to changing China by 
Tour Director Charlotte Xu. Beijing's 
5-night stay includes visits to a Bud- 
dhist lamasery, a Confucian Temple, 
the Temple of Heaven, the Summer 
Palace, early-morning at Coal Hill 
Park to see Chinese engaged in taiji, 
gigong, and other health practices, a 
less-crowded section of the Great 
Wall which has a cable car, and the 
Forbidden Cit)', symbol of traditional 
China. Two nights in Xian allow 
viewing the 2,300-year-old terra- 

46 • Spring/Summer 2000 

Travelers on Sweet Briar's "Kenya Discovery," January 16-28, 2000. 
L-r:Linda Jennings Odum '72, Mollie Johnson Nelson '64, Henry B. Pennell I 
Lucinda Lawrence Pierce '72, Edwin Ongori (guide), Mrs. Henry B. Pennell I 

"Berlin-The Elbe River-Prague," May 26-|une 6, 2000. L-r, front row: Audrey Lahman Rosselot '48, Anne Corbitt Little '34, 
Mary Scully OIney '41, Anne Wilson Rowe '57, SB President Elisabeth Muhienfeld; Lynn Crosby Cammill '58, Tracy Bragg, 
Frances Fields Nugent. 

Back row: Al Chambers, Bettye Thomas Chambers '62, Stewart Cammill III, Bohn Lindemann, Caroline Casey Lindemann '49, 
Jim OIney George Bogardus, Jenny Bogardus (with hat), Jackie Childress, Ann Musgrove, Beverly Smith Bragg '54, Gary 
Childress, Kitty Cuerrant Fields '53, Larry Wollan, John Bragg, Josiah P Rowe III. 

cotta warriors of China's first 
emperor, Qinshihuang. Fly to Guilin 
which, with its surrounding area, is 
one of nature's most stunning 
achievements; cruise the Li River 
through mountains which have 
inspired countless Chinese poets 
and painters. Two nights in Dazu, 
one of China's most important cul- 
tural and archaeological sites with 
its spectacular Buddhist grottoes. 
Board the M.S. Victoria for 4 nights 
on the Yangtzi River: see the extraor- 
dinary Three Gorges which soon 
will disappear because of the dam 
construction now under way. Daily 
special side trips include one 
through steep canyons of the Three 
Small Gorges. Conclude with 2 
nights in dynamic Shanghai. 

July 5-14: "Undiscovered Greece," 
a cruise aboard the 34-passenger 

President Muhienfeld and hus- 
band Laurin Wollan accompany this 

Participants discover one of the 
country's most beautiful, diverse, 
unspoiled regions: the Gulf of Evia, 
the Pelion Peninsula, southern 
Macedonia, and islands of the 
Northern Sporades. Here, in 
incredibly beautiful settings, are vil- 
lages whose character has not 
changed for centuries, ancient sites 
still under excavation, and small 
islands beyond reach of cruise 

Begin with a night in Athens' 
Hotel Grande Bretagne; enjoy a tour 
of the Acropolis, then drive to 
Chalkis to board Callisto. The 7- 
night cruise visits Thermopylae, 
where Spartans defended against 
invading Persians; the spectacular 

archaeological site of Delphi, dedi- 
cated to Apollo; the Meteora 
Monasteries perched atop gigantic 
precipitous rocks rising from the 
Thessaly Valley; Skopelos, most fer- 
tile of the Sporades Islands; the 
island of Alonisos and main town, 
Patitiri; the Pelion Peninsula's tradi- 
tional villages of Zagora, Portaria, 
Makrinitsa, and Tsagarada; Dion, 
sacred city of ancient Macedonia 
sited below Mount Olympus; the 
Vale of Tempe, sacred in antiquity to 
Apollo; the crusader castle of 
Platamonas; and lovely island of 
Skiathos. Enjoy swimming in the 
beautiful blue Aegean. 

October 8-16: Alumni College in 

A week in Italy's southern province 
of Campania, based in Sorrento:7 
nights in Grand Hotel Ambasciatori 
situated in a subtropical park over- 
looking the sea, minutes from the 
town center. This educational week 

has daily seminars and excursions. 
Highlights: orientation walk of the 
lovely town of Sorrento; visit to the 
Palace of Caserta; full-day visit to 
Naples and its Archaeological 
Museum with a famous Neapolitan 
Pizza lunch; spectacular drive 
along the famed Amalfi Coast, 
stops at Positano and Amalfi; full 
day on the Isle of Capri; visit to the 
ancient ruins of Pompeii. Open 
forum with the residents of 
Sorrento, and "Tarantella Show- 
case" featuring traditional local 
dancers. Reasonable price covers 
transatlantic air, all meals, accom- 
modations, seminars, excursions. 

All dates and itineraries are sub- 
ject to change. For further infor- 
mation contact Noreen Parker, 
travel coordinator, Alumnae 
Office: (804) 381-6317; fax 804- 
381-6132; E-mail 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

BuiiETiN Board 

"Technocracy in America 2000: The Media's impact on Presidential Politics" 

Sponsored by the Center for Civic Renewal 
Sweet Briar College 

October 13-14,2000 

"Technocracy" signifies ttie intersection of technology and democracy. 

Sweet Briar's symposium will explore technology's influence on presidential politics from the televised 
Nixon/Kennedy debates in 1960 to Internet campaigning and fundraising in the 2000 election. 

)ust three weeks before Election Day 2000, SBC will host an impressive array of speakers who have observed 
and made media history in political campaigns and who are now contributing to the landmark changes in Ameri- 
can democracy and politics. 

S C H 

Friday, October 13 

8:00-9:30 p.m. Evening Panel: 

"The New Media, the Internet, and Presidential 

Politics: Dispatches from the Cutting Edge" 

Panelists: Michael Cornfield, Max Fose, Lee Rainie, 

Lynn Reed, Mark Warner, David Yalof. 

Moderator: Assistant Professor of Government Steve 


E D U L E 

Saturday, October 14 

9:30-11:00 a.m. Morning Panel: "Television and 

Presidential Politics: From the Kennedy/Nixon 

Debates to 21st-century Sound Bites" 

Panelists: Ann Compton, Roger Mudd, Daniel Schorr. 

Moderator: Professor of Government Barbara Perry. 

1:30-3:00 p.m. Keynote Address: Andrea Mitchell 

Plan to be here for this landmark program! 

Calling All QVs 

Sarah Kingsley Foley '99 is designing 
a website for our distinguished club. 
Please contact her: 
or write: 161 Merrimac Trail, #8, 
Williamsburg, VA, 23185. Include full 
name, QV name, graduation year, 
fellow QV "moms and babies'Vline- 
age members and their QV names, 
your lineage's name, lineage require- 
ments, pictures, stories and rules for 
THE GAME (with the Bum Chums). 

Museum Needs Six 
Sweet Briar Rings 

Each SBC class from 1910-1933 had 
a different class ring. The Museum 
collection includes all but six: 1911; 
1914; 1915; 1918; 1925; 1931. Can 

anyone help complete the collection? 
Thank you! 

Ann Marshall Whitley '47, Curator, 
Sweet Briar Museum 


Sweet Briar Website 

I just visited the Sweet Briar website 
by accident (via a link from Phi Beta 
Kappal and enjoyed the site so much. 
How nostalgic! 1 grew up at SBC— 
mv father. Dr. Ewing C. Scott, taught 
chemistry there from 1927 (the year 
of my birth) to 1944; we lived in the 
log house beyond the dairy, which 
my father built. I decided not to go to 
college there, partly because there 
was no Phi Beta Kappa at that time, 
but my sister and I had such wonder- 
ful times on that beautiful campus— 
the Meta Class era. One of my 
mother's paintings, "Cow Hill," hangs 
in Sweet Briar House iDorothv 
Carnine Scottl. It was my admiration 
for the SBC German prof that led me 
to choose German for my first mod- 
ern language, in which I eventually 
majored. I still keep in touch with a 
few old-timers with SBC connec- 
tions. ..I just wanted to tell you how 
much I enjoyed the glimpses and the 

—Cordially, Dorothy Scott Gibbs, 
Estes Park, Colorado, 

Saddened by the news of 
Professor Kent 

I was saddened by the news of Prof. 
Kent passing away, but very glad the 
writers of the periodical included it. 1 
took one history class my freshman 
year taught bv Prof. Kent. And 
though, at the time, my study inter- 
ests were elsewhere, I enjoyed her 
class very much. Later on, her class 
proved very relevant. Last May at the 
SBC reunion dinner, she was the one 
professor who caught my eye and 
actually remembered my name! I was 
so very flattered and surprised, at the 
same time it seemed to Kent such an 
assumed quality for a person to have 
a memory of an elephant. We had a 
great conversation which is always 
assumed when talking to Prof. Kent. It 
was great to see her remembered in 
our magazine. Thank you! 

— Vinca Swanson '94 

From a grandmother who accom- 
panied her granddaughter on a 
Prospective Student Open House 

...What a beautiful place— the set- 
ting, the buildings, but most of all, 
the delightful spirit that we experi- 

enced made it all memorable. Sweet 
Briar epitomizes my idea of educa- 
tion. As one student said about a pro- 
fessor, "He doesn't just teach facts, he 
opens up the world." The faculty 
involvement and dedication set this 
school apart. As a grandmother and a 
retired registered nurse, I am very 
grateful to find a college such as 
Sweet Briar where honor, education, 
and respect for the individual com- 
bine to strengthen and enhance the 
potential of each fortunate young 
woman. God bless you. 

—Sincerely, Elizabeth Hammer 

A Real Disappointment 

I find it a real disappointment that 
your office is experiencing such a 
constrictive budget... The alumnae 
notes, news, and photos are what we 
all look at first and foremost. Cutting 
out one magazine a year was bad 

—Warmly, Susan Detweiler '88 


... What a fabulous issue IWinter 
20001 with fascinating information 
about our amazing ladies with such 
an interesting, new and attractive 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

look! My congratulations on a job 
extremely well done... 1 sat right 
down and read it from cover to cover. 
I knew we had impressive alumnae, 
but WOW! 

— Nannette McBurney Crowdus '57 


Thanks to all of you for a wonderful 
[Reunion] weekend, and for making 
us feel so welcome... complete with 
the spectacular sound and light 
show!!! Kudos for overcoming adver- 
sity with such flair! 

— xoxoxo Sara Hodge Geuder 

(Daughter of Emily Jones Hodge '27) 

Enormous Amounts of News 
I have attached the 1998 class notes. 
I again heard from over 75 people, 
all with enormous amounts of news. I 
cut as much as I could, but it was 
very hard. I was thrilled to see the 
class notes on "cheap" paper in the 
last magazine, now if you would do 
the roll call of donors on the same 

—Dawn Everett, 1 998 Class Secretary 

Spring/Summer 2000 • 47 

^^ . ^%^ Centennial Gala and Year-long Series 

'^ OF Events in the Planning Stage 

Throughout Sweet Briar's 
df/p A r» O^ ^ ^ centennial year, there will be festive 
celebrations ot the College's past, pres- 
ent, and fiiture. The 2001 Winter Forums will initiate the centennial 
celebration with a lecture series on civic renewal, chaired by Dr. 
Barbara Perry, professor of government and executive director of 
Sweet Briar's new Center for Civic Renewal, and Stephen Bragaw, 
assistant professor of government. 

Hold the date! Mark your calendars for the Centennial Gala : 
April 21, 2001. The Gala spectacular wall feature an academic forum, 
reception, dinner, and the presentation of special Centennial Awards 
to individuals who have had a significant influence on the College and 
the Sweet Briar community. 

Numerous projects are upcoming or under wav, including a new 
Alumnae College Program during the summer ot 2001, the produc- 
tion of a centennial video, the bestowing ot honorary degrees to 
keynote speakers at centennial events, special commemorative items, a 
centennial song competition, regional celebrations, and a special event 
for smdents in the fall of 2001. 

Plan to be at Sweet Briar for the Gala, look for the centennial 
calendar of events in the commemorative fall issue of the Alumnae 
Magazine, and get ready to Celebrate! 

Centennial Song Competition! 
$1,000 Prize! 


As the College begins its second century, it is appropriate not only to 
appreciate the past, but to consider aspects of college life in terms ot the 
present and tiiture. The Centennial provides an opportunit}' to create a new 
Sweet Briar song which might retlect a more modern sensibilit)', and per- 
haps be easier to sing. 

The Centennial Commission announces a competition tor a new Sweet 
Briar song. 

Several donors have provided SI, 000 in prize money to be awarded the 
author/composer of a successtiil entr>'. Selection rests with a jury represent- 
ing a cross section of the SBC community'; the jury reserves the right to 
terminate the contest if no tnxxy is deemed superior to the old song. 


Te.\t may be original or chosen trom any source relevant to the SBC 
experience, provided that no copyright laws are broken and that permission 
is received to use written material in existence, if necessary. 

Song should have only one or two verses, with a rhyme scheme easy to 

Tune should be within an average voice range, limited to an octave. 

Song, while easy to learn and sing, should be adaptable to being orches- 
trated and arranged for the choir in tour-part harmony. 
Competition deadline: December 15, 2000 

All songs should be submitted by December 15 to: Centennial Com- 
mission, Box E, Sweet Briar, VA 24595; Fax 804-381-6132. 

The Sweet Briar Centennial Award 


The Sweet Briar Centennial Award was created by action of the Centennial 
Commission and Board of Directors of Sweet Briar College. 

The purpose ot the award is to recognize "individuals who have had a sig- 
nificant impact on Sweet Briar College and/or the Sweet Briar commu- 
nity" trom three categories: faculty, staff, and alumnae/friends of the 
It is intended that all of the awards will be presented at one time, on the 
night of the AprU 2001 Gala Celebration. Posthumous awards may be 
included. This award program is intended to complement the College's 
overall awards program. 
One award wUl be given in each of the three categories (faculty, statf and 
alumnae/triends ot the College) for each quarter centur\' of the College's 
history, for a total of 12 awards. Additional awards may be given in par- 
ticular quarters of the century; however no more than 20 Centennial 
Awards will be presented. 

Qualifications of Nominees 

1. Nominees must be current or past faculty, statf, alumnae, or friends of the 


2. Nominees must not have received an Honorary' Degree from the College. 

3. Nominees may not be current members of the College Board of Directors, 

or current members of the Alumnae Board. Former members of the Board 
of Directors and the Alumnae Board may be considered. 

Criteria for Selection 

Selected recipients must agree to be present at the Centennial Gala Celebra- 
tion in April 2001 at Sweet Briar College. In the event of an award being 
presented posthumously, a member ot the deceased's tamUv must be in 

The Centennial Award is to be presented to individuals who, through dedi- 
cation and commitment to the values and mission of Sweet Briar Col- 
lege, have "had a significant impact on Sweet Briar College and/or the 
Sweet Briar community." 


A Centennial Awards Nominating Committee has been formed and will 
meet regularly to develop a pool of possible award recipients. The commit- 
tee shall make recommendations to President Muhlenteld by November 
2000. The Alumnae Office will gather biographical information to accom- 
pany the recommendations. President Muhlenteld and the Centennial 
Commission will make final selections in December 2000. Recipients will be 
notified and asked to respond in January 2001. Regional Alumnae Chairs 
will be notified of recipients of the Centennial Award in their areas so that 
local recognition celebrations can be planned throughout the centennial year 
ot 2001. The actual awards will be presented at the Centennial Gala in April 

Please send your nominations asap to: Centennial Awards Committee, 
RO. Box E, Sweet Briar, VA 24595. Fax: 804-381-6132. 

Please remember to return the survey on 
the Centennial Sweet Briar Plate Project 
(See back cover). Thank you! 

48 • Spring/Summer 2000 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

CiASs Notes 


President and Secretary: 
Sally Callison Jamison 

Here is evidence that some of us 
29ers are still flapping along in 2000 
AD. Dorothea Paddock Seeber's 
daughter, the Rev. Sister Laurian See- 
ber, sent the news that her mother 
Dorothea's book, "A Boy just for Me" 
is to be published this spring. Dorothea 
wrote the book long ago when she 
worked for Readers Digest. Cheers to 
29's two most faithful correspondents, 
Izzy North Goodwin and Sue Tucker 
Yates. Sue savs that she is feeling great, 
having lots of houseguests, and living 
alone. She reads a lot and is in her 7th 
year of teaching a bible class to young 
Episcopal matrons. She spent Christmas 
in Charlotte, NC with her daughter and 
family and saw many of her friends 
there. Izzy is her usual perky self, 
involved in many activities in her 
retirement home and enjoying frequent 
visits from her grandchildren. Evallne 
Thoma spent her usual Feb. in Sun 
City, AZ. She no longer plays golf but 
still enjoys painting. Virginia Chafee 
(Cinny) Gwynn has moved back to 
"assisted living" at Bentley Village in 
Naples. I called her in the middle of 
the big move, when she was frantically 
directing that effort. She said she feels 
pretty good, but OLD. Gertrud Sigmon 
is now in Eldercare Nursing Home in 
Rocky Mount, NC. On March 1 7th I 
received the sad news that my best 
friend since age 7, Belle Brocken- 
brough Hutchins, passed away in Del- 
ray Beach. What a real Queen! 
Margaret "Whiz" Weisiger called me 
in Dec. hoping that she could come to 
Williamsburg, Va to see me while I was 
spending Christmas there with son 
lamie and family. Time didn't permit 
the visit, but on the phone she sounded 
as full of spirit as ever and is still 
devoted to teaching Asian students. 
Ruth Ferguson Smythe has moved to a 
new location in Louisville. We had a 
fun visit at Torch Lake last summer 
comparing and laughing at our frailties. 
Our audience was composed of our 
daughters, Meredith Smythe, SBC '56, 
Jane Messer '59 and my niece Bess 
Smith Stone '58. I am off to Indiana 
after a great winter in Naples— Keep 


President: Marjorie Ward Cross 
Secretary: Virginia Squibb Flynn 
Fund Agent: Eleanor Wright Conway 
Pat Ward Cross keeps busy with 
Adult Education classes at the Univ. of 
Del. Made two trips to IL and Sanibel 
FL where she enjoyed four great grand- 
sons. Suzanne Gay Linville and Ed cel- 
ebrated an 80th birthday at the 
Cosmopolitan Club in NYC surrounded 
by family and friends. Eleanor Wright 
Conway writes from her retirement 
home in Indianapolis where she is 
busy seeing friends, attending weight 
activities, Bible study, church and best 

of all having visiting grandchildren, 
even from Alaska. Emily Maxwell Lil- 
tepage is in an assisted living care 
home, so writes her granddaughter. 
Emily's health is good — her mind is 
"so-so'.' She has hvo sets of twins, great 
granddaughters who live near her. Eliz- 
abeth Layfield Smith writes from 
Raleigh, NC, that she remembers well 
me, Squibby, when she and her twin 
Eleanor were at Sweet Briar. Eleanor 
died 15 years ago. Elizabeth is still liv- 
ing in her big house in Raleigh. Her 
grandchildren are settled around. I'm 
sad to report that Emma Green Kennon 
died in jan.OO and Emma Knowlton 
Lytle died in Feb. 

Virginia Squibb Flynn, your secre- 
tary enjoyed hearing from you, my 
dear classmates. Wish more of you 
would write to me. |im and I still live 
in N. Branford, Ct, blessed to have our 
first great grandson Wm Zbigniew 
Brzezinski, son of our daughter, Ginny 
Flynn and Ian Brezinski. Love, Squibby 


Secretary: Martha Lou Lemmon 


Fund Agent: Elizabeth Bond Wood 

In eighth grade I was appalled at 
news of war debts due in 1 946. By 
then, who would care? Now the jolt 
comes from the year 2000. Did we 
ever expect to see it? Quite a few of us 
will, d.v. 

My very first 1 934 card came from 
Helen Hofficker Roehm. I put it in 
such a secure place that — well, you 
know what. But I recall that she's still 
reading a lot and even taking some 
classes. Betty Suttle Briscoe also 
reports continuing enjoyment of books, 
plays, and concerts in spite of "worn 
out parts and vital replacements'.' Dot 
Turno Gardner's social schedule leaves 
me limp |ust to read about. Nancy Rus- 
sell Carter swims and plays golf and 
tennis. She hears from Dot Hussey 
Rockaway whose letters have been 
reduced, alas! by a stroke. And Helen 
Hanson Bamford's athletics are dimin- 
ished by vertebrae fractured in a trip 
over a phone cord but she's still able to 
cope with her house's utility ailments. 
Emily Marsh Nichols is another with 
bones broken, "leg, pelvis, etc." she 
says. Etc.??? But we still have travelers. 
Margaret Ross Ellice got to the Norwe- 
gian coast and North Cape. Ruth 
Myers Pleasants visited Paris and 
Vienna and saw three operas. Lib 
Scheuer Maxwell tasted wine in Hun- 
gary on a trip led by son John. Anne 
Corbitt Little recommends a tour with 
Sweet Briar such as her trip to Sicily, 
Italy and Monte Carlo. Connie Burwell 
White and Bill have been in San Fran- 
cisco and are wintering in Scottsdale, 
AZ. Elizabeth Mayfield Roughton and 
her husband are still traveling. A few 
slipped discs held my travel to the 
U.S.: Florida, Kennebunkport, Seattle, 
and Missouri. The latter included a 
great Elderhostel in Independence, 
with its Trails West, our 32nd president. 

Lewis and Clark, Jesse James, and— the 
peak excitement— a steamboat with 
fabulous cargo excavated by local resi- 
dents from a farmer's cornfield, for- 
merly bed of the Missouri River. 

Only Mary Moore Rowe mentions 
the drouth, very real here too, and 
recalls the one in our Freshman year. 
Remember the threat to close college 
at the end of our very first month? 

Emily Nichols, Tinka Strauss 
Solmssen, Mary Lee Ryan Porter, 
Nancy Carter and I (no doubt others— 
who?) like the life of retirement com- 
munities. No more cooking. Lots of 
care and sociability. Repairmen on the 
run after a phone call. What else could 
you want? Oh, well, yes — children, 
grandchildren and great-grands. Jane 
Morrison Moore Leak and Marite 
Stephens Sheridan each have ten great- 
grands (or will soon). Many other prog- 
eny were mentioned including 
Marjorie Van Evera Lovelace's Richard, 
applied physicist and astronomer, now 
a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at Los 
Alamos. Mari recalls the somewhat less 
distinguished performance of his 
mother and me in Dr. Edwards's 
physics 101 and wonders at Richard's 
talent. (Husband, El, is a city planner.) 
Tinka is the only one who mentions 
electronic complexities of our time. I 
take it that you, like me, don't get 
much farther than word-processing. 
But I have been amazed by a GPS, 
plus laptop, showing on a map pre- 
cisely — of the whole world — where I 


An article on Peggy Cruikshank 

Dyer and her volunteer work reading 
aloud to schoolchildren appeared in 
the 11/24/99 Marion (Mass.) Sentinel. 
To quote from the article: "'I was mar- 
ried for 50 years,' IPeggyj said, 'to my 
second husband. I was an Army girl, 
married an Army guy who was lost in 
World War II. I went to Sweet Briar 
College (in Virginia) where I used to 
hunt foxes. I was an avid horsewoman 
and tennis player. I'm retired now. ..I 
just enjoy being with other people and 
I love the children.' With five children, 
1 7 grandchildren, and four great- 
grandchildren, her love of children is 


President: Janet MacFarlan Bergmann 
Secretary: Frances Bailey Brooke 

As I write this spring is trying to 
break through but it's been a cold and 
snowy winter here in the Shenandoah 
Valley. Sad news reached me in Janu- 
ary that Pauline Womack Swan died 
on 9/24/99. She and George were mar- 
ried 62 years — truly a handsome and 
devoted couple. 

A Christmas letter with great pic- 
tures arrived from Marge Thaden 
Davis. Several trips with family and a 
Caribbean cruise during Hurricane 
Lenny made life fun and interesting. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

She keeps busy with bridge, lay read- 
ing and ushering at St. Luke's in 
Somers, NJ. Janet McFarlan Bergmann 
and Carl moved in Jan. to a house on 
Cape Cod, smaller than their former 
one and right on the beach. They hope 
to entice children and grands to come 
for more visits. Janet says they have 
"done nothing good or bad for a long 
time" but are still moving! Back surgery 
had Jo Happ Willingham recuperating 
after Christmas but she is looking for- 
ward to a trip to San Francisco after 
Easter to see her son Joe and family. 
Her other son John and daughter fielen 
live in Ga. John has a son named for 
lo's husband Spain. She keeps in touch 
with Molly Talcott Dodson and Mar- 
garet Weimer Shepherd. Mary Brown- 
Serman-Walke is enjoying a watercolor 
class at William Hill fvlanor in Easton, 
Md. and goes to Raquette Lake in the 
summer. A Goethals grandson is 
engaged and another grandson and his 
wife had hvin baby gids on 12/22. 
Everyone is thrilled! Molly Talcott 
Dodson is dealing with Grit's 
Alzheimers, which he has had for 
some time. He is being cared for 
nearby and she sees him every day. 
They nave been married 59 years. The 
family are all very supportive. Molly 
and I ran into each other at a restaurant 
in Roanoke. Such a lovely surprise! 
Isabelle Franke DeGraaf writes from 
St. Petersburg, FL that she is now the 
proud great-grandmother of beautiful 
little Alyssa. Two college graduates and 
one h. s. graduate keep her busy. She 
enjoys Barnum and Bailey Circus, 
bridge and wonderful memories of 
SBC. Recollections of trips to Washing- 
ton and Lee and Lexington make Mary 
Ann Housel Carr remember the fun 
times. Yes, Mary Ann, Lexington is still 
a "lovely little town" and a wonderful 
place to live. Mary Ann has been a 
widow for four years, but her family is 
close and they often gather at the 
Cape. Fergie is a near neighbor. She 
spends six months there and six 
months in Concord-Newbury Court 
Retirement Community. In 8/99 Ida 
Todman Pierce and her husband 
enjoyed a cruise around the British 
Isles, where they saw the tall ships rac- 
ing. They stay busy in their retirement 
community in Richmond and love the 
relaxed life there. "Fergie" Hill really 
lives the good life, spending six months 
in Stuart, FL and six on Cape Cod 
where she sees Janet Bergmann and 
Mary Ann Carr. Fergie had a concus- 
sion last summer, but is recovering and 
getting back to golf and tennis. Like 
most of us, Kate Sulzberger Levi is 
alive and kicking, and edging into the 
80's. Unfortunately, her husband is in 
an advanced stage of Alzheimers, but 
she has round-the-clock help and can 
get away to see children and grand- 
children. Her grandson Ben Levi will 
start Yale in the fall and she hopes 
someone will look him up, as "he is an 
extremely nice guy!' Know someone at 
Yale? A card from Lucy Robb Winston 
Works arrived last April — too late for 
inclusion in the Class Notes. She is fine 

Spring/Summer 2000 • 49 

and enjoys hearing news of SB class- 
mates. We must do lunch soon as she 
is just over the mountain in Char- 
lottesville. Vesta Murray Haselden and 
I just missed each other when George 
and I were in Columbia briefly in 
August. Very disappointing, but, hope- 
fully, another time. One of her grand- 
sons is graduating from Davidson 
(President of the Student Body) and a 
granddaughter will soon finish h. s. and 
hopes to go to SB. A married grand- 
daughter lives in Greenville. Vesta and 
Ed are well but not traveling. Shirley 
Haywood Alexander has moved to a 
cottage at Springmoor Court in Raleigh 
and enjoys bridge and frequent trips 
with her many friends. Her grandson 
Haywood Alexander is at UNC. Shirley 
and I had a wonderful luncheon visit in 
Chapel Hill last year when George and 
I were there for a meeting. Marlon 
Brown Snider had 3 trips to the ER (a 
minor stroke, a head injury and a 
twisted leg) but she remains cheerful, 
saying, "The best thing I can say is that 
I'm a tough old bird!" Marion says she 
just may make it to our 65th! 

George and I spent a week in Scot- 
land last August — a wonderful Sweet 
Briar trip led by our very attractive 
President of the Alumnae Association 
Kathy Pegues and her husband John. 
Kitty King Corbett Powell was also in 
the group and we enjoyed some good 
times together. We took our two "chil- 
dren" and their spouses and had a lot 
of fun. Last week we left for a week in 
London and Paris, including a Eurostar 
Channel train ride and home on the 
Concorde — champagne and caviar and 
back to NY in 3 hours! I recommend 

So many of us want to have a 65th 
Reunion-2003 — so everyone stay well 
and we'll count on it. 

Happy 2000 and whatever hap- 
pened to our plan to meet in the bar of 
the Waldorf-Astoria on January 1 at 
noon? Did anybody go? 


President: Blair Bunting Both 
Secretary: Adelaide Boze Glascock 

Sad to report that several of our 
classmates passed away since our last 
letter — Florence Merrill Pilkington, 
Mickie Mitchell Cillis in April, Connie 
Currie Fleming, Shirley Nalley Irving 
in March and Polly Poe Richmond in 

Muriel Barrows Neall saw a sweat- 
shirt and 2 jerseys with SBC logos at a 
thrift shop, bought them and gave them 
to Peggy Cruickshank Dyer '37. Muriel 
and her husband live in a small seaside 
village in ME where Muriel is Dock 
Master for 80-90 sailboats in the har- 
bor. Pretty good at our advanced age, I 
should say! Blair Bunting Both contin- 
ues working at hospice and particularly 
enjoys mentoring an 8-year old boy in 
Kennett Square Elementary School — 
third year with him. Blair and Rich 
rented a cottage in Cornwall, England 
in May and had a visit there from their 
AFS son. In July they flew to CO to 
visit their 2 grandchildren (12 and 8). 
Blair is hoping for a good turnout for 
our 60th in May 2000! Dorothy Camp- 
bell O'Connor sent a picture to prove 
she is a successful orchid grower and 
also a recipe for Lamb Stew with the 
proviso that if I bought the ingredients 

50 • Spring/Summer 2000 

she would make the stew! A little diffi- 
cult since she lives on Long Island and 
1 am in VA! Helen Cornwell Jones and 
Homer recently received the Distin- 
guished Service Award from Warren 
Wilson College, a Presbyterian College 
on whose Board they both served. 
Emory Gill Williams and Canky moved 
to a retirement community in Rich- 
mond, Cedarfield, but spend their sum- 
mers in ME. The end of Nov. they fly to 
Singapore where they will board a sail- 
ing ship for Bangkok. She hopes to see 
a great group at Reunion! Jane West- 
phalen Gray and Everett are very 
proud of their granddaughter who is a 
lawyer with a firm in St. Louis and will 
be married by the time you read this. 
Georgia Herbert Hart had an exciting 
80th Birthday Celebration — a cham- 
pagne breakfast at the Columbia ISCI 
Museum of Art in the Herbert-Hart 
Gallery hosted by her children and 
grandchildren. George |r. and his fam- 
ily celebrated her birthday by taking 
her to Australia, and that eight-O birth- 
day hasn't kept her from playing in golf 
tournaments. Betty Ivins Haskins has 
also moved to a retirement community 
in Westwood MA where she used to 
live 40 years ago. She keeps in touch 
with Blair and Ellie Snow Lea. Mar- 
garet Katterjohn McCollom wrote that 
Kay Hodge Soaper is now living at 
Woodsland Convalescent Home, 4088 
Frame Rd., Newburgh, IN 47630 and 
would enjoy hearing from classmates. 
Ruth Mealand Schwartz and husband 
are still traveling around — mostly to 
family reunions, but also to states and 
areas new to them. When at home 
they are busy putting in a circle garden 
in their cul-de-sac with Ruth doing the 
horticultural design. Mildred Moon 
Montague continues to gather in the 
honors for Chattanooga activities — this 
time for 1 4 years of dedicated service 
to an organization she helped to estab- 
lish — the T.C. Thompson Children's 
Foundation. Under her leadership, the 
foundation has raised approximately 
$500,000 a year for the past 14 years. 
Mildred is now a great grandmother 
with the arrival of Ella Chapin Mon- 
tague. Louise Pugh Worthing's news is 
all travel — HI, AZ, China, South Korea, 
Hong Kong, Japan, Berlin to Prague on 
a river boat with stops in Dresden, 
Meissen and other spots. Estelle Sin- 
claire is busy organizing data for 
Who's Who of Women. A nice note 
from Agnes Spencer Burke describing 
a family get-together at Squam Lake — 
14 of them in one cottage. Marion 
Phinizy Jones who now lives in 
Pasadena went to Ireland with her 
daughter and son-in-law and 1 5-year 
old granddaughter on an Equitour. Jane 
Bush Long lost her charming husband 
after a long and happy life together. 
Kitty Estes Johnston and daughter vis- 
ited Cannie Lancaster Pasco and Mer- 
rill recently here at 
Westminster-Canterbury. The Pascos 
keep the roads well traveled between 
Richmond and Bath County where 
they have a summer home filled with 
children, grandchildren (13) and great- 
grands (2). Clara Call Frazier and Bill 
have bought a house in Hanover 
County in the country to house not 
only their children and their families 
when they come to visit, but also furni- 
ture, pictures, etc. they can't place in 
their condo at Chatham Square in 

Richmond. Clara tells a funny story 
about jane Hopkins Hanes who lost 
her Sweet Briar ring and it turned up 
recently in her mother-in-law's garden! 
Cynthia \oland Young writes of the 
7/1 6 arrival of her 8th granddaughter, 
Ellen Young,in Boulder CO. Just in 
from Jackie Sexton Day who goes to 
Vero Beach every spring from home in 
CA. She sees Maggie Dowell Kearney 
and Marion Bush King when there. 

Jim and I spent September in 
Europe and I am leaving shortly on an 
Elderhostel trip to Santa Fe. Our new 
addition is Siegfrieda von Hoffsnoggle, 
our 4th Dachshund — a real beauty and 
delight now that she has gotten past 
puppyhood! This is my swan song as 
class secretary. I have enjoyed keeping 
up with you ladies, and I hope my suc- 
cessor, whoever she may be, will find 
it interesting and enjoyable. See you at 


President: Clare Eager Matthai 
Secretary: Catherine Parker Silverman 

Many thanks for your kind 
responses. The sad news first: Anne 
Jacobs Pakradooni lost her husband 
Dik on 8/8/99. He had accompanied 
her to all but one of our reunions and 
had become quite a fixture on these 
occasions. Our deepest sympathy! 
Anne is still carrying on her travel busi- 
ness — Floating Fantasy Tours. Daughter 
Virgina, (Cigi, who came to the 1998 
reunionlis her partner in Boston. A 
number of you expressed sadness over 
the death of Elizabeth Weems on 
3/11/99 (reported in the Summer/Fall 
Alumnae News.) 

Corinne (Howell) Dale Nelson vis- 
ited the Sweet Briar campus last spring 
for the first time in 53 years and was 
pleased to find il as beautiful as ever. 
Her 46 year marriage to Andy Dale, a 
vascular surgeon who she met at SBC 
ended with his death of cancer in 1 990 
and she married Charles Nelson, a VMI 
graduate and attended his 60lh reunion 
in May. She has four daughters: an 
Episcopal priest, a college professor, an 
environmental scientist and one with 
an MBA, as well as 14 grandchildren. 
Nancy Pingree Drake (Ping) writes 
from Portland, ME: "My life focuses on 
community interests and involvement. 
The kids' calendars including grand- 
children, seem to have an effect on my 
schedule, I'm happy to say'.' A couple 
of highlights this past year — a fun week 
at Greenbrier with one family and then 
a week in London and at Wimbledon 
for the last 3 days of play. One more 
granddaughter has drifted South from 
NYC to graduate school of architecture 
at Univ. of Va. Ping hopes "the ever 
increasing number landing in Virginia 
and the Carolinas, will increase my 
chances of a revisit to SBC' Annabelle 
Forsch Prager's orchestra program con- 
tinues to thrive and grow. "We now 
have two full symphonies, a sym- 
phonic band, three groups for begin- 
ners on various levels and chamber 
music for children of all ages and 
backgrounds'.' You can read about it in 
the winter Sweet Briar Alumnae maga- 
zine. She sees SB folk from time to 
time; Pat Robineau McCulloch going 
to England to visit her daughter who is 
married to a young Englishman. "I too 
will be in London briefly and then 

Paris for the first time in many years — a 
treat 1 look forward to!" She also spoke 
to Dodi Cheatham James who said she 
was not swept away by the floods that 
hit the Carolinas. Marguerite Hume 
writes from Louisville: " Holding a 
number of volunteer jobs is almost 
unbelievably complex and interesting. I 
have lately heard from Esther Jett Hol- 
land and Byrd Smith Hunter, both get- 
ting along very well and busy with 
family (especially grandchildren). 
Although I have no children, I am very 
much involved with my brother's six 
grandchildren and so pleased that the 
oldest has entered the Univ. of Va. Her 
experiences there remind me of our 
freshman days in '39, when my room 
in Reid overlooked a beautiful wheat 
field!" Anne Mcjunkin Briber (Junk) 
and her husband Frank were very 
happy about their move to Cypress Vil- 
lage, a retirement communitv in Jack- 
sonville. They enjoy the facilities and 
friends there. They've also joined a golf 
club and, she says, "continue to meet 
such nice people here and find it 
handy to be less than two miles from 
the Mayo clinic which has been our 
'doctor' since it opened 10 years ago'.' 
Esther Jett Holland still remembers the 
great time we had at our 55th reunion. 
She and her family, all 1 5, had a fun 
family gathering at Virginia Beach over 
the 4th of July weekend. Now — she 
says on 9/23 — the c\t)' of Franklin is 
still in dire straits... I've been con- 
cerned about Kitty Doar Jones but 
don't think her neighborhood was hard 
hit. The telephone exchange was sub- 
merged in the flooding so haven't been 
able to contact her. Greenville, NC, 
was also inundated, so Meade (grand- 
daughter) is back home in Virginia 
Beach after a grueling drive. Rozelia 
Hazard Potter ( Posy 1 says 1999 was a 
good year. "Had a treat in Sept. visiting 
a friend in Long Island and going to the 
U.S. Open'.' Harriet Pullen Phillips has 
moved to a " spacious apartment in a 
very nice retirement community" but 
"it was a hectic move as Orms (hus- 
band) was in the hospital for a broken 
hip and replacement so I had to do it 
all. Thank heaven the house sold in 
two days and I managed to get rid of a 
lot of 'stuff'. We are very glad to be 
here — nice people, lovely grounds and 
even a tiny garden!" Barbara Prentiss 
Jones had a call from Kitty Doar Jones, 
so glad she suffered no damage in 
Franklin VA from Floyd outside of no 
phone for two weeks. This past sum- 
mer she visited her sister-in-law on 
Cape Cod and in early Sept. stayed in 
a camp the Hale family has rented for 
three generations. Otherwise fairly 
quiet. Did have a grand dinner with 
Annabelle when she was in New 
Haven for a Yale reunion in June'.' Eliz- 
abeth Shepherd Scott iShep) has excit- 
ing news — her son and his wife have 
made her a grandmother for the first 
time. Shepherd McClosky Scott was 
born in 2/99. "She came to visit me for 
a week in August and I had a wonder- 
ful time. I can finally brag the way my 
classmates have for years! Everything 
else fine, I'm off to France in Oct'.' 
Nancy Jameson Glass had her first 
great grandchild, a baby girl, born last 
April in Colorado. Also she and hus- 
band Bob took the Amtrak to Fort 
Lauderdale, FL for a Glass family 
reunion. Catherine Bracher Leggett 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine ' 


(Skip) writes she was saddened to read 
about Weems in the Alumnae Maga- 
zine. Skip also had two cataract surger- 
ies. She has usual old age complaints, 
which I guess we all share. She's 
pulling in her horns about traveling 
and quite content in Essex Meadows 
plus a sojourn each Feb. in AZ with 
family. Brae Preston called from New- 
port News VA to say that despite her 
advanced age she has suddenly 
become a grandmother and has been 
living with a niece and her 4 children 
(3 boys and 1 girl). She also said she 
had a nice visit to Princeton in late 
summer where she saw Beth Dichman 
Smith, her daughter and 2 grandchil- 
dren and also paid a visit to the under- 
signed. Fayette McDowell WllleH 
writes:" Grandsons outgrowing us and 
certainly cannot help with homework. 
Still going to nursing home daily — then 
to an exercise class. Plan to escape 
briefly to Naples (FLI next month" 
Claire Eager Matthai had a good time 
in Baltimore at her 60th school 
reunion. She says she still does many 
of the same things as always, only 
slower and has put a little more 
emphasis on getting rid of "stuff. A 
pack-rat in the same large house for 46 
years is an unfair burden on one's sur- 
vivors'.' She thinks this area (upstate NY) 
has had the best weather in 1999 of 
anywhere — a mild winter and warm 
sunny summer. "Except for a brief trip 
to GA in eaHy spring I've stayed to 
enjoy it'.' Good news from Ronald 
AcJams, Deborah Douglass Adams' 
husband, hie writes: "Although Debby 
suffered a profound stroke 1 2 years ago 
(and is not able to speak) she still con- 
tinues to be at home with home health 
nursing care. We celebrated our 51st 
wedding anniversary 5/1/99. She very 
much enjoys her grandchildren with 
two of them in college. She also goes 
shopping often. We have a very full 
and busy life and we look forward to 
more'.' May all continue well. Valerie 
Jones Materne writes that except for 
failing eyesight her health is good. She 
says: "This year I went rock climbing in 
Norway and white water rafting in AK. 
I play tennis year round and golf in 
summer. Now have 4 grandchildren 
married and the youngest grandchild 
(of 12) is 15 months, so I enjoy all ages 
and am well cared for. One of my best 
friends is SBC '44 )anet Chenery — we 
worked at the local librarv' together. 
Brooks Barnes is still living in the large 
family home in Plymouth, MA with her 
1 3-year old Lhasa Apso dog. "What do 
I do? What all the rest of us do. Volun- 
teer, pay bills, take care of house, visit 
cataract doctor, hearing aid technician, 
mammogram lady and go to church 
(and funerals!)" Dorothy Campbell 
Maher and her husband Jim moved to 
a retirement community near St. Louis, 
close to 4 of her children. "Except for 
heatwaves we are enjoying it. Added a 
pair of twins to my great grandchil- 
dren — born in PL the day hlurricane 
Floyd hit. Took a brief trip to TX and 
enjoyed visiting Bonllee Key Garrett 
and her husband Gavin'.' Dodi 
Cheatham James hopes to get to Paris 
next spring. She also took note of Betty 
Weems's passing. Roselle Faulconer 
Scales and her husband went on their 
first Caribbean Cruise along with their 
daughter Mary (1970) and ner hus- 
band. During the summer they visited 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazi 

friends in Squam Lake in Nhl and later 
joined family including all grandchil- 
dren on Pawley's Island SC for a week. 
They also took a bus tour to Bronson 
MO. Their twin granddaughters gradu- 
ated from college, one from Davidson 
now working at the art museum in 
Columbia SC, the other from Rhodes 
College in Memphis and now doing 
graduate work. Caroline Miller 
McClintock and her husband both golf 
regularly and occasionally go on a golf 
vacation to NC mountains or SC 
beaches. They are involved in church, 
volunteer projects and keeping up with 
their 5 children and their families. She 
says she stays in touch with Esther Jett 
Holland and has for 55 years! 

As for me, I continue work on my 
writing project and like so many of 
you, am struggling with the accumula- 
tion of "stuff" over the years. I enjoy 
my daughters and their children who 
live nearby. I see Beth Dichman Smith 
from time to time. She is swimming 
daily, plowing through family records 
and researching the gaps and also 
wrestling with "stuff'.' Sne also enjoys 
the proximity of her daughter and 
grandchildren now returned from Lon- 
don. Again, thanks to all of you. It was 
a pleasure to receive your postcards. 


Presidents: Bea Dingwell Loos, Ade 

Jones Voorhees 

Secretary: Mary (Polly) Vandeventer 


I want to remind you that time is 
limited so I will have to "give it to you 
straight'.' Not as much fun but sacrifice 
we must! One more admonition: I am 
grateful to all of you who responded. 
However, in many cases, I can't read 
your handwriting. If there are any 
omissions that's why! 

Sue Criswell Bornschein loves her 
gorgeous North Country in Ml. They 
spent two months at their cabin on a 
lake with grandchildren. She also 
worked as a real estate agent in a 
condo in FHarron Springs. Lynn Hannah 
Crocker and husband, Ken, love living 
in Saw Grass at Ponte Verde, FL. They 
are both serving as special advocates in 
child abuse cases. They are the eyes 
and ears of the judge whose time is 
limited. Their daughter Coni Crocker 
Belzendahl and family live in Kennet 
Square, PA next door to Longwood 
Gardens. They love to visit there. They 
went to Russia last year. Pat Groesbeck 
from "Golden Gate Avenue" reports 
the birth of their 8th grandchild. The 
oldest just went to college. Helen Gra- 
eff Ellerman writes from Harrisonburg 
VA, that she and Ray are still making 
all kinds of candles for their shop. They 
both taught classes at the convention of 
the International Guild of Candle Arti- 
sans in Pittsburgh. He was gone March 
30 through )uly 4 judging the auditions 
of the National Guild of Piano Teach- 
ers in CA. She and Frederic, her SPCA 
dog, were left holding the fort. Graeff 
finished 13 years in Luray at the U.M. 
Church. Jimmie Thompson Robertson, 
in Petersburg, VA, is enjoying peaceful 
times at her cabin on the lames River. 
She told me to round up Wheats and 
Rosie and come for a visit! Helen 
Murchison Lane writes from Jack- 
sonville that her summer was spent 
having all the grandchildren to their 

ne • 

cottage at Ponte Verde. "All the ice 
makers, washers, dryers, and dishwash- 
ers were going non stop'.' After all that 
the Lanes took a trip to Budapest, 
Prague and Berlin ending with a few 
days in New York. Arie Jones Wittke 
from Princeton finally retired from the 
Friends of the Library Newsletter. She 
was planning a trip to Switzerland, 
Germany, France, and the Low Coun- 
tries. "I expect Anne Sinsheimer for a 
visit in October on her way to SB 
reunion workshop'.' Arie said the hurri- 
cane put the local waterworks under so 
they are boiling drinking water. Candy 
Greene Satterfield is a permanent resi- 
dent of Norfolk and loves it. Liza (my 
daughter) and I stayed with Candy and 
son Jim at Virginia Beach in early July. 
Candy and her daughter, Caroline, 
went for R & R at Blowing Rock, NC. 
Her grandson, Jason, is living with her 
while attending Johnson and Wales 
University learning to be a chef. Rosie 
Ashby Dashiell and Dave have moved 
to a lovely apartment in Norfolk over- 
looking some of Norfolk's landmarks. 
The Dashiells and I had a lovely visit to 
Capon Springs in WV. A wonderful 
spot and excellent food. You should 
have seen our faces when we were 
fighting temptation when the dessert 
trolley rolled by. Cholly Jones Bendall 
made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land 
with her church — a memorable experi- 
ence. She still works at the Piedmont 
Visitor's Center on 29 South and invites 
us to come by. Catherine Smart Grier 
and Joe do stop by en route to Lynch- 
burg to see children. She sees Polly 
Pollard Kline when she visits her chil- 
dren in Richmond. "Hope we have a 
55th reunion as I long to see some 'ole 
buddies' again'.' Betty Lanier Parrish 
lost her mother and is in the process of 
settling her estate and selling her 
home. "Hope to go to the Passion Play 
in MayI'Margo Sibley Lewis has had 
variety plus in her life. They traveled a 
lot early in the year: a River Boat trip 
down the Rhone (loved exploring 
Provence); Jan. in Naples, FL; Glacier 
Park and Canadian Rockies in luly. 
"Then we spent July and August in hos- 
pital. R.B. had a triple bypass (worked 
fine — no problems) but developed bad 
infection in legs. He's home now doing 
well but we still go in every day to 
have legs treated. We're planning to be 
back in traveling mode by the end of 
the month'.' There are veteran travelers 
for you! Polly Pollard Kline had just 
returned from Atlanta where Avon's 
Breast Cancer walk took place. "We 
didn't walk (3 days, 60 miles) but our 
two daughters, granddaughters, niece 
and cousins did along with 2100 oth- 
ers. A very emotional experience when 
our daughter, Mary, came in with the 
survivor group"They had their annual 
family reunion at Sandbridge, VA., in 
July. Betsy Gurley Hewson writes from 
her home on Merrit Inland, FL (their 
paradise) that they took their usual 
leave of Florida in Aug. and drove 
North. They stopped at Calloway Gar- 
dens in GA and the Biltmore in 
Asheville. Homebound they visited 
Anne Hill Edwards and Grif in 
Portsmouth. Anne is taking a much 
deserved vacation to Amsterdam to 
visit close friends. They also visited 
with Bea Dingwell and Rick Loos in 
their lovely new home in Bethesda. 
The Looses celebrated their 50th wed- 

ding anniversary at Sk^lop, PA with all 
their children and grandchildren. Jean 
Love Albert has celebrated many mile- 
stones. Daughter Ceci retired as a full 
Colonel from the Air Force after serving 
over 26 years. Jean and Jack went to 
his 50th anniversary since graduation 
from West Point. Son Mike was mar- 
ried in June to a lovely girl. In Novem- 
ber she and Jack are planning a big 
50th wedding anniv. celebration. 
Browne Budd Poer had her 2nd great 
grandchild in May. The whole family 
gathered at Myrtle Beach in Aug. — all 
four children, 8 grandchildren, 2 great 
grandchildren, 6 spouses, and several 
guests. The 2 month old great grand- 
child was the star of the week. (Polly: 
"It's a shame we have to be adorable, 
precious and darling to be the star!) 
Eleanor Myers Cole writes that they 
recently sold their wonderful Panama 
City Beach condo and the house they 
built 1 6 years ago on the golf course in 
Tallahassee. They are renovating an old 
house on Lake Jackson near their 
granddaughter and family. They are 
moving soon. Her husband Watt has 
had Parkinson's Disease for 14 years. 
Sally Bubb Bruch from Muncv, PA 
writes about their many travels; 
Switzerland; London; our friend's yacht 
cruising the Adriatic visiting Venice 
and the Dalmatian Coast; WY to the A- 
Bar-A Ranch for their 20th year of rid- 
ing, fishing, and tennis. They plan to 
join their children and grandchildren at 
Vanderbilt Beach, FL. John's next thing 
is retirement! Joan Berend Morse Gor- 
don mentions "all thriving'.' Here's why: 
"My daughter was married in May to 
David Dickenson, blonde, tall, hand- 
some, and good humored — and he 
sews, cooks, and irons! Anne's first 
marriage at 49" Her son is composing 
music for a Broadway Millennium 
show based on Revelations. Her com- 
mittee passed her on her MSS and she 
will officially get her MFA in creative 
non-fiction next April at Univ. of Pitts- 
burgh. She and Pat Thompson Bennett 
(her freshman roommate at SBC) visit 
and travel together. She missed Leila 
Fellner's and Tom Lenagh's 50th anniv. 
party. Tom Gordon — a stepson — is 
translating Rilke and writing a screen- 
play. Rich — another stepson — will be 
heading a department at Medill Jour- 
nalism School of Northwestern. His 
wife will be an editor at the Chicago 
Trib. ("All thriving!"! Wow! Wheats 
Young Call attended a wee house party 
at Wrighlsville Beach, NC, with Mary 
Vinton Fleming, Sheila Jones Harris, 
Wistar Watts King, Lee Stevens 
Gravely and Sarah McDuffie Hard- 
away. Guess what their main recre- 
ation was? Talking! Lee drove Wheats 
around Rocky Mt. to see the destruc- 
tion of Hurricane Floyd. Wheats still 
plays a mean game of tennis! 

I am sorry to report that Jean Carter 
Telford died October 7. Heaven will 
be a little more charming with Carter 
there. I also must tell you that Wistar's 
husband Jack died in February. My Bob 
died January 29 so we weren't far 
apart. This widowhood is hard. It's 
hard being me instead of us. Appreci- 
ate your husbands — just "love them to 

Spring/Summer 2000 • 51 


President: Ginger Barron Summer 
Secretary: Carol Blanton McCord 
Fund Agent: Meredith Slane Person 

From Sweet Briar in 1/00, Ann 
Marshall Whitley wrote, "Snowed all 
night, sunny now... gorgeous in the 
mountains! Who needs Colorado or 
Switzerland?" Ann is a consultant to 
the Amherst Co. Historical Museum, 
put up 8 exhibits for them in the past 
months. She also went to PA for a 
horse-drawn vehicle auction and spent 
the summer before finishing a booklet 
on Daisy Williams. She said Alex 
Marcoglou Tully has discovered she 
has talent for painting, has taken 
classes, sold some pictures. The first 
snow in 5 years in AR was |ane 
Warner Williams news, and being 
housebound 4 days. Last Fall Jane and 
a friend toured FHudson R. Valley 
homes, enjoyed New England foliage 
season, and spent two days in NYC 
"reliving old memories" — Grand Cen- 
tral (restoration). Central Park, the 
works. Husband Adrien is in failing 
health and in a nursing home; she's 
still selling real estate and enjoying her 
attractive (snapshot) family. She has 2 
grandsons. Pat Hassler Schuber and 
Meredith Slane Person will be room- 
mates again as they travel to Germany 
and Prague in May and June.'OO. Pat 
sees Irving Brenizer Johnston often, as 
she lives nearby. She was looking for- 
ward to a visit with Sue Van Cleve 
Riehl and Bud on their way home from 
FL and also with Em Schuber Carr's 
husband, son, and grandchildren when 
they would be in Charlotte for the Cir- 
cus. Sara Ann McMullen Lindsay con- 
tinues active in historical homes and 
gardens. The governor of VA has 
appointed her to the Bd. of Regents of 
Cunstan Hall Plantation, built by 
George Mason, who wrote the First Bill 
of rights in the world, model for all the 
states as well as democratic nations. 
The house and 450 acres are histori- 
cally active. In 2/00 she was to attend 
a forum in Williamsburg about Colo- 
nial Lifestyles. Last summer "Mopsy" 
Francis Burroughs and Sage visited 
Nancy Scurry Minter in Bellingham, 
WA en route home from an AK-Van- 
couver train ride. She says that Mary 
Lib Vick Thornhill continues her paint- 
ing and in 1 2/ 99, had a baby girl 
added to her group of Grands. Mopsy 
and Sage have grandchild «7 on the 
way. They spend time in the Bahamas 
on their boat. Julia Holt Coyle's hus- 
band, George, (Chook) has continued 
his flying since "the war" and both 
Julia 2nd and her husband are twin- 
engine pilots. Now living in Fayette, 
LA, daughter Julia has lived in Syria, 
Venezuela, and Scotland. The day after 
Christmas they all flew "above the 
weather" to Cleveland and spent 3 
hours with daughter Isabel and her 
family, also son Clay and his wife. In 
May, Julia and George go to Venice, FL 
for the fishing. Cordelia Lambert Stites 
"still loves CO — its wildflowers, its 
blizzards."On her way to" being a 
bionic woman with hip and knee 
replacement" Last fall they explored 
the canyons and byways of UT in their 
Jeep. Their eldest son just retired to 
Durango, where all her family spent 
Christmas and New Years. Last year 
Ann Webb Moses and husband, 

52 • Spring/Summer 2000 

George had health problems but by 
Feb. he was recovering and she had 
thrown away her walker and cane. In 
8/99 they were able to go to NH and 
celebrate — in a lakeside cottage — 
their 50th anniversary and a reunion of 
both their families. "I can't believe 1/ 
we've made it to 2000," Aimee Desp- 
land McGirt wrote. Last year she real- 
ized a lifelong desire to visit the Holy 
Land. Both her grandsons are leaving 
h.s., she's still teaching part-time. "Stu" 
McGuIre Gilliam enjoyed seeing SBC 
while on a term on the Friends of the 
Library board. She recommends mem- 
bership — the Friends provide support 
and gifts of books to improve the 
Library's collections. Nan Hart Stone 
and Billy spent two weeks at Elderhos- 
tels at two colleges in FL in 2/00, then 
cruised around the Iberian Peninsula. 
They find Elderhostels stimulating, fun 
and reasonable. Last Thanksgiving, 
"Munn" Munnerlyn Haverty, Rawson, 
their 5 sons and daughters and all 1 3 
grandchildren spent the holiday at 
High Hampton Inn, NC. While there 
they had a meeting of the Mary E. 
Haverty Foundation which contributes 
to church and charitable causes. One 
of her older grandsons plays on a soc- 
cer team "that usually beats FL Gov. 
Jeb Bush's son!" Munn was going to a 
McCain meeting armed "with hard 
questions", as she's 1 00% for George 
Bush. She and Rawson are planning 
trips to Prague and by boat to Berlin, 
then in summer Rawson, daughter Jane 
and her 2 sons will see the Galapagos 
Is. Katie Street Sharp had a wonderful 
Christmas with all her family, including 
her 2-mo.-old great grandchild, who 
lives just down the road. Katie made 3 
trips to Europe in '99 — to an art Elder- 
hostel in Paris, to England, Scotland, 
and Ireland for daughter and son-in- 
law's 25th anniversary and grand- 
daughter's birthday, and finally, to 
Provence. Romance bloomed for 
Marna Bromberg Williams when, 
upon her return from a trip to Russia, 
having decided to live and travel alone 
and like it, she was met by one Dan 
Jones with a red rose and a proposal, 
they were wed in 11/99,and in the year 
2000 will be travelling together! Hav- 
ing dealt with droughts and floods over 
the past years, Jackie Stillwell Clarke 
and David renamed their hilltop home 
"Withering Heights'.' She is no longer 
writing and directing plays, but still 
enjoys theatre. She has put her writing 
skills to work on her autobiography 
and up-dated genealogy for her grand- 
children. We just missed Maria Tucker 
Bowerfind when she was in Baltimore 
for Thanksgiving '99, visiting her son, a 
dr. at Johns Hopkins, his wife, and new 
baby. Maria also has a daughter in 
Philadelphia, a grandson in Annapolis, 
and a family-friend who lives near me, 
so we hope to catch them next time. 
Saravette Royster Trotter and Eric took 
a 3-week trip to Tuscany with their 
daughter Olivette, stayed in a wonder- 
ful house travelling out each day. Then 
she returned home to find her dear 
friend "Birdhead," Margaret Ellen 
White Van Buren, had died. The Trot- 
ters are back into politics again, as a 
good friend is running for Governor. 
Evie White Spearman visited with 
"Bozzie" Shannon in Charlottesville 
where she lives at Westminster-Canter- 
bury, in early Jan. Peggy Robertson 

Christian and Nan Hart Stone drove 
over from Richmond for a day. Evie has 
been teaching her Adult Ed. class for 
25 years, still selling real estate. She 
talked with Sara Bryan Glascock while 
in Lookout Mt. at Thanksgiving, also 
had a wonderful visit from Tim McKoy 
Stewart last summer. She reported the 
sad news that Tim's beloved husband, 
lack, had died. Sara Bryan Glascock 
started the year 2000 with a move to a 
doublewide condo; one of their sons 
and family are in their big house. Tops 
in family adventure: Meredith Slane 
Person's trip with Stanford U. to AK via 
catamaran and kayak. She spent Christ- 
mas evening with Pat Hassler Schuber, 
whose dinner party coincided with 
Meredith's return to Palm Beach. Ash- 
ley/"Sash "Hudgins Rice's oldest 
grandson graduates from H.S. home 
schooling in KS in spring; in June she 
and daughter Margaret, who lives in 
Charlottesville, are going to Provence. 
Jean Old enclosed a wonderful color 
photo of her and Shirley Levis, taken 
on their last trip together. Shirley died 
of a stroke last Oct., only a few days 
after a visit to Norfolk and Char- 
lottesville with Jean. I know that I 
speak for us all in extending sympathy 
to the families and close friends of our 
classmates who have died since the 
last newsletter. In addition to those 
named above are Alice Reese Edens in 
May, and Elizabeth Gates Rogers. 
Their names will be read at the 
Reunion alumnae memorial service. 
Last year we repeated our usual pattern 
of summer at our house near Little 
Lake Sunapee, NH, with family gather- 
ing at the nearby Inn and a month in 
Sanibel, FL in winter. Eldest grand- 
daughter is in her 4th of 5 yr. program 
at U.VA, two other grands entering col- 
lege; another is a serious horsewoman. 
Mac is in poor health but still game. 
Over the past 5 or 6 years I have been 
writing my memories of special people, 
places and events for our progeny, 
have taken classes on autobiography 
writing to that end. I love all your cards 
and newsy letters, sorry to have to con- 
dense them: orders from HQ. Blessings 
on you all. 


President: Fritzie Duncombe Millard 

Secretary: Catherine "Bunny" Barnett 


Fund Agents: Mr. Walter H. Brown, 

Mary Fran Brown Ballard 

The famous class of 1949, as usual, 
came through with banners flying, 30 
cards with news and events and opin- 
ions for my first go at being class secre- 
tary again. Let's see if I remember how 
to do it!!! 

After our wonderful fiftieth reunion, 
the majority is in favor of having 
another mid-time get-together, prefer- 
ably during the school year (so we can 
audit some classes) ana probably in 
2002 (so the newly expanded Elston 
Inn can accommodate all of us). Spring 
in VA is beautiful, so that might be a 
good time.. .perhaps April (though Ste- 
vie favors fall) 2002. More later but 
keep it in mind and send suggestions. 
My space is limited, so I will try to be 
brief and not recap news that was so 
wonderfully presented in our reunion 
yearbook. There was happy news from 

Caroline Casey McGehee who was 

married 10/9/99 to Bohn C. Linde- 
mann. Kitty Hart Belew and Betty 
Wellford Bennett, bridesmaids at Caro- 
line's first wedding, attended. The cou- 
ple honeymooned with a trip 
northward as far as VT, and she says 
they are "very happy!" With his 5 chil- 
dren and 7 grands plus her 3 children 
and 5 grands, they will have to put a 
big leaf in their holiday table! Caroline 
also had a trip in Aug. to Koblenz, Ger- 
many, for a meeting of The Miniature 
Book Society, attended by 52 members 
from 10 countries. Kitty says she had a 
great visit last summer in Woodstock 
with her daughter, son-in-law and two 
sons ages 3 1/2 and 5 months. Kay 
Bryan Edwards is "still laid up, with 
various disparities," but she would love 
for us to have a reunion in NC! Beth 
Gorter-Jansma, who surely added 
sparkle and international flair to 
reunion, votes for "as many reunions 
as fate will grant!"Ann Henderson Ban- 
nard wishes to thank all the Forty nin- 
ers who were so supportive of our 
courtyard project, and she hopes that 
"Giving Us Wings" will provide a 
feather or two for generations down 
the line. Ann has just installed her lat- 
est creation, in Tucson; she and Yorke 
dote on their three grandchildren, one 
in Phoenix and two in MA, who they 
visit often between their own trips to 
exotic places and their frequent visits 
from Walter and me and others enjoy- 
ing the AZ ambiance. Mary Virginia 
Grigsby Mallett by now has a brand 
new, fully functioning right knee to 
carry her back to campus for our mini 
reunion! Frank and Ann Lane Jones, 
who didn't make reunion, are winter- 
ing in Siesta Key, plus other travels and 
family visits. Mag Towers Talman, one 
of the faithful Richmondites, says she 
had a visit from Sue Corning Mann 
(who was in town for a funeral) in 
August. Off the record, Mag says, Sue 
gets better looking every time she sees 
her and I concur! Don and Mary Fran 
Brown Ballard made a 4500-mile auto 
loop to Ml and TX for their son's wed- 
ding and two family reunions last sum- 
mer. Jim and Marilyn Hopkins 
Bamborough were among the wedding 
guests. Hurricane Opal, 4 years ago, 
destroyed the Destin, FL, condo of Ken 
and Ellen Ramsay Clark and they are 
finally getting it back in shape, while 
praying for no more Gulf hurricanes 
(many of us watch the weather reports 
with crossed fingers). Carter VanDe- 
venter and Herbert Slatery also work- 
ing on their vacation house at Hilton 
Head, while Liz Hancock and Paul 
Fritzsche are also dodging hurricanes 
in Fernandino Beach, FL, a "vintage 
small town, where both Elderhostel 
and Smithsonian Tours bring groups'.' 
Mary Lewis Stevens Webb is another 
who has some exciting tales to tell of 
Charleston's near misses during the 
hurricane season. Now, she's watching 
out the window for Mel Gibson who's 
shooting a film in Charleston and using 
Tradd St. for several scenes. He's plan- 
ning to tether a horse in Stevie's yard 
and she threatens mayhem if any 
"droppings" are left! By the way, 
among the many of you who returned 
cards with news, my roomies were not 
included!!! I guess they expect me to 
do all their work for them! I do know 
Alice and Patsy had a fine trip to Scot- 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

land and the Cotswolds with a Hollins 
group last summer, and Stevie enjoyed 
her usual vacation in Canuga. )udy 
Easley Mak and Dayton summer — 
vacationed in Chautauciua again, a 
respite from her real estate work, and 
will escape the winter in Sanibel, FL in 
late Feb. Larry Lawrence Simmons and 
Charles are enjoying the "amazing 
time" they have found since retirement. 
They've traveled, domestically, to OH, 
NY, NC, CA and Las Vegas and abroad 
to Greece, Turkey and London for the- 
atre. That sounds like "amazing 
energy" to me, and a very good suit- 
case! Betty Dershuck Cay is concen- 
trating on golf and teaching art classes, 
in addition to her own art and exhibi- 
tions. A mini-reunion featuring actual 
classes and lectures gets her vote, too. 
Ann Bush Train says she's down-sizing 
in December to a smaller domicile; 
300 East Breckingridge, Macon, CA 
31210. Preston Hodges Hill typed out 
a page and a half of news of family 
and travel (that pokey post card just 
doesn't do it for some of us!), and sec- 
onded the mini-reunion proposal. She 
and Gene were away from home for 
about six months visiting children in 
the California Bay area and Bakersfield, 
followed by a family tour of Seattle, 
Vancouver and Victoria. They next 
helped their Martinson family move to 
Boston, followed by two busy months 
in Aspen. Pat Brown Boyer and lean 
succeeded in getting off to Paris just 
before Hurricane Floyd hit the Orlando 
area, and just after casting her vote in 
favor of a mid-term gathering. Other 
classmates writing their encouragement 
of such a project included Class Presi- 
dent, Fritzie buncombe Millard, Jean 
Taylor, Judy Baldwin Waxter, Marie 
Musgrove McCrone, Katie Cox 
Reynolds, Peggy Cromwell Taliaferro, 
Ann Eustis Weimer, Ruthie Garrett 
Preucel and Sally Melcher Jarvis (she 
and John were just off to lead another 
group through their beloved Scotland). 
Jackie Jacobs Leffers wrote a lovely 
card praising reunion, which turned 
out to be the last trip for her with Jim, 
who died of a sudden stroke August 17. 
We send her our sympathy and condo- 
lences, as we do also to Bertie Pew 
Baker who lost David last spring. 


President: Mary Waller Berkeley Fer- 


Vice-president: Louise Moore 

Secretary: Lola Steele Shepherd 

Fund Agent: Mary Morris Gamble 


"As long as I'm upright, I'll travel," 
proclaimed Peachey Lillard Manning, 
taking off for Egypt, Mexico, and 
Canada. In the same spirit, Mary Dame 
Stubbs Broad flew to NM, CO, Europe, 
Canada, not to mention visiting family 
in MD, VA, and NC. "The garden and 
house went to pot'.' Pat Owens Purvis 
took her oldest grandson on her 2nd in 
the year visit to England and Wales 
after enjoying Garden Week in VA 
where she researched her VA roots. 
Ann McNeer Blanken, Edith Tanner 
Broughton and Carolyn Tynes Cowan 
met at the 8/99 SBC Alumnae College 
in Scotland. "Well planned and enjoy- 
able" Ann also attends the W&L 
Alumni college. Ann Peyton Cooper 

was in Scotland, too, for her 50th 
reunion at St. Andrew's. "WondertuI to 
see no big changes'.' Ann Green Pan- 
gels and Heinz plan a trip to Europe 
centered around the Passion Play. Their 
two daughters live in Charlotte, one in 
real estate and another an occupational 
therapist. Another daughter is a doctor 
in Indianapolis. Jean Probeck Wlant 
and Rich and Bev Benson Seamans 
and Don will see the Passion play, too. 
Beforehand, lean and Rich will cruise 
in the Caribbean and down the 
Danube, jean is on the Board of the 
Cleveland Institute of Music. Bev is 
busy with her sculpture, the latest 
piece a life size Great Blue Heron 
about to take flight. "Both of us are 
healthy and physically active'.' Lou 
Moore, now retired from her law prac- 
tice, flew off to Central Europe and Ire- 
land. She serves on the City 
Council — a voice for environmental 
beauty and historical preservation. 
Cora jane Morningstar Spiller took the 
Alaskan Cruise, went to church every 
Sunday, lost 10 lbs. (3 times), and con- 
templates a face lift. She reports Alicia 
Iznaga Mazzeo is fine after her hip sur- 
gery. Cora jane visits Alicia when tak- 
ing her R&R in FL. Helen Missires 
Lorenz can compare notes on AK. 
Now retired from teaching, "'tho still 
consults", Helen is doing "serious 
cruising'.' First was the Panama Canal. 
Their youngest son married a woman 
from Mexico and lives on Balboa 
Island, CA. Believe it or not. Bill Bailey 
Fritzinger and Fritz left the farm to visit 
Lisbon. Had to be a birthday celebra- 
tion. Bonnie Loyd Crane almost 
bumped into B.C.Elmore Cilleland in 
India and Nepal where she was on a 
Harvard Museum of Natural History 
tour and the Gillelands were looking at 
Mt. Everest from a small plane. Bonnie 
visits grandchildren in Germany and 
travels around the US to catch up with 
far-flung family. She presented her 4th 
Russian show in her Boston gallery, 
although American 1 9th C is her spe- 
cialty. Nancy Day McCammond 
arrived for a visit with Friends of Art 
Board. B.C. sang her "swan song" as 
an escort for trips. Her France — oound 
group from a local art museum was 
fraught with problems. Non-payment 
by the tour operator, the plane had 
mechanical problems and they arrived 
in Paris minus their luggage. Here at 
home, they are on the road visiting 
children, to Nantucket and to Cape 
Cod. Destination Bangkok for Jo Teeter 
Marder and Steve where their daughter 
lives while her husband works for 
Booz, Allen and Hamilton. "Must see 
the twin grandsons, elephant riding 
was the best'.' My own destination was 
Paris to see our daughter whose hus- 
band is with Microsoft. 

"What's become of? Dept" — 
Roommates Ginny Page Love, in LA, 
and Larry Shepperd Concelmo, in NJ, 
re-established contact after 50 yrs. 
Ginny and Bill travel and play golf and 
tennis. Betty Hutchens McCaleb never 
left Huntsville, AL. "Hot" earned a 
degree in History and English at U of 
AL in 1974, and taught school. Her 
husband suffered a series of strokes 
over 6 yrs., and died in 1997. Their 
daughter is an SBC graduate. "Hot" 
reports Evie Woods Cox is living in a 
nursing home in Birmingham. Pat Hal- 
loran Salvadori and Mario were in St. 

Louis for a wedding and shared bread 
with Mary Virginia Roberts Mellow 

and |im. The FL snowbirds: Kay Leroy 
Wing in Naples. "I keep saying 1 can't 
be 70, but then saw my son as "Father 
of the Bride'.' Debbie Freeman Cooper 
and Newbie stay several months in 
Vero Beach (John's Island). Their last 
child married and lives on their 3rd 
floor in PA with 2 cats. Twelve people 
filled the house at Christmas. "Fun for 
a short time'.' Dolly Clark Rasmussen 
and John pack their house at Christmas 
with family, then it's R&R in FL. Mod- 
ern medicine keeps them playing ten- 
nis and golf. Time out from service on 
the neighborhood assn. and Chevy 
Chase Women's Republican Club for a 
Tauk tour to Turkey. Carol Williams 
Feussner winters in St. Petersburg then 
returns to the Nj shore where she has 
been a RE broker for 34 yrs. while vol- 
unteering at the Adult Community Cen- 
ter. She has 3 children and one 
grandson, a navigator in the Coast 
Guard at Cape Canaveral. Ginger Lus- 
combe Rogers's daughter and 2 yr old 
grandson moved back to Hudson, OH, 
from England. "Just 2 blocks away. 
Having a wonderful time with them'.' 
Another daughter lives in Annapolis. 
Ackie Easter Henderson is staying at 
home with her "big happy family!' Her 
daughter and her son (11) have 
returned from England and live with 
Ackie in C'ville. Her son and his son 
(10) are also with her. Mary Ellen 
Davis Gettel is in her 27th "happy" 
year teaching Spanish at Marquette U. 
in Milwaukee. With friends from Casa 
Espanola at Stanford, she toured Mayan 
ruins in Belize. Her children, spouses 
and grandchildren celebrated her 70th 
birthday with a pig roast, pool and lake 
party. In Cincinnati, Betty Todd Landen 
and Jake gave a 1 00th birthday party 
for her mother (class of '23 SBC) who 
is looking forward to her 3rd century 
with "grace and enthusiasm" Hurrah! 
Henrietta Hill Hubbard is "into com- 
puters!' Her eldest grandchild is a jr at 
U of AL, an honors student and 
prospective law student. Another 
grandchild is a freshman at Sewanee. 
She is now a golf enthusiast, has a per- 
sonal trainer and has lost 12 lbs. July 
and August is spent in Highlands, NC. 
Still busy with Hospice and church. 
One son is at Trinity Episcopal Semi- 
nary in PA. The youngest is an attor- 
ney Susan Tucker Yankee and Dick 
celebrated his 50th class reunion at 
W&L, off to France to visit WWII sites 
and then once again to attend W&L 
Alumni college. Their daughter and 
family moved to Atlanta — closer to Sig- 
nal Mt. Sally Bianchi Foster and Bob 
relish life at Crane's Mill, new friends 
and fresh experiences. Sal swims, over- 
saw the start-up of the library, and puts 
paint to canvas. Both are sports fans — 
soccer and baseball — and support the 
Playhouse. They plan a cruise on the 
Great Lakes in Sept. A son is a 
Philadelphia lawyer, daughter, Kate, 
plans a sabbatical year at Harvard and 
daughter, Meg, teaches French at a pri- 
vate school. Edith Brooke Robertson, 
Jane Lewis Zollicoffer, Frances Martin 
Lindsay, and I celebrated Y2K at a cos- 
tume party in Norfolk. Edith's new 
grandson will be amazed one day to 
see a photo of his granny dressed as 
the 1st female cadet at VMI. 

Our deep sympathy goes to Dottie 

Barney Hoover whose husband died 
after a long struggle with heart disease 
and to Nancy Storey White, whose 
husband died suddenly while they 
were touring Spain. 

PS. Donna Wunderlich McCul- 
lough has a new address in Nashville. 
Pat Pauschert Price is now in Okla- 
homa City and Genevieve Hammel 
Greer is in Hilton Head. 


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President: Mary John Ford Gilchrist 
Vice-President: Frances Street Smith 
Secretary: Suzanne Bassewitz 

Patricia Ruppert Flanders is home 
in Martha's Vineyard, working part 
time and enjoying grandchildren and 
socializing. Cornelia Dumas Herff and 
Augie and their 3 grandsons had a 
great safari last July. Charlotte Snead 
Stifel has a first grandson (born to third 
daughter Amy in Denver) after having 
4 granddaughters. She and Hank had a 
great bike trip in Norway. After a trip in 
1 998 to the Great Wall of China, Tibet, 
Nepal, Thailand and Malaysia Patricia 
Beach Thompson and Calvin were off 
with the entire family to the Isle of 
Palms in SC for the summer of '99. Pat 
says the magnificent scenery of the 
three gorges which you can see on the 
Yangtze will be forever altered by the 
enormous dam to be activated in 2009. 
Polly Plumb deButts continues her job 
as a licensed Washington area Tour- 
Guide for Guide Service of D.C She 
especially loves guiding senior citizens 
from all over the US. She has 11 grand- 
children and husband John Spaulcling 
has 8. Her volunteer work is with the 
Shenandoah National Park Assn. and 
she and John expect to be in AK in the 
Spring for the Iditerod. Jane Russo 
Sheehan still rides two horses 5 days a 
week and judges dressage. She says the 
horses still bring her great pleasure and 
help keep the "old bod" together Dick 
is retired but keeps his interest in 
equine medicine and mentors vet stu- 
dents at Tufts Veterinary School. They 
have 3 grandchildren. Carma Lindsay 
Burton paints, golfs and keeps up with 
10 grandchildren. She met with Nancy 
Hamel Clark and Eulalie McFall Fen- 
hagan for lunch in Linville, NC and 
had a great visit there with Katie Bab- 
cock Mountcastle and Ken, too. Jim 
Fenhagan is now Chaplain to the 
House of Bishops (Episcopal Church) 
and Eulalie is on the Board of Hospice 
in Georgetown, SC. They spent July in 
Maine and Nova Scotia. Nancy and 
Blake both had recent surgery and 
Nancy was spending 3 weeks in the 
mountains of NC. Their daughter took 
a Masters degree at UVA and may 
return for her doctorate. Millie O'Neal 
Palmer writes from Oxfordshire that 
she and David are to celebrate their 
50th wedding anniversary and that she 
doesn't even feel 50 years old. Frances 
Street Smith and Gordon had a trip to 
Rome and "boated" up the Italian 
Coast to Monte Carlo and then on to 
Paris. She talks to Josie Sibold who is 
busy making garden sculptures which I 
know are beautiful as she brought 
some to our 40th. Nancy Laemmel 
Hartmann is joyous over the birth of 
her first grandchild, Hannah Anise, as 
daughter Katrina has been career ori- 
ented all these years. Janis Thomas 

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Zeanah and her daughter (SBC '81 ) 
attended a luncheon in Birmingham 
urging them to help recruit students to 
our alma mater. Jean Caldwell 
Marchant writes from HI about hiking 
N. Italy and trips to Iceland and Green- 
land. She's still "horsing around a bit" 
though her favorite mount died at age 
33 so it's mostly horseshow work and 
benefit efforts for the Humane Society. 
Mary Boyd Ronald and Pete live on 
Captiva Island in the winter and 
Louisville in the summer. She mentions 
that she will turn 70 in 2000, the year 
of their 50th wedding anniversary. 
This would be a good place to 
remind everyone of our impending 
100th Sweet Briar Anniversary' in 2001 ; 
plans will be maturing all this year. At 
the same time, our class is looking for- 
ward to our BIG 50th reunion in 2002 
and we (Frances Street Smith, Mary 
John Gilchrist, and I) need lots of ideas 
and attendance, if you can, at the fall 
College Council. Mary John asks that 
those who cannot come send their 
thoughts ahead so that we can plan a 
great time. Ginge Sheaff Lidell and 
Kate Shaw Minton, roommates again, 
also toured the Italian Lake District and 
Venice. Leila Booth Morris has com- 
piled a community cookbook, never 
dreamed it could be so much work. 
Last spring she and Jim went to Tampa 
for a wonderful occasion, to pin the 
Colonel's eagles on their son Jim. Their 
daughter just moved back to Danville, 
VA and their oldest grandchild has 
entered James Madison U. in VA. Anne 
Hoagland Kelsey had a trip up the 
Danube and has traveled around the 
US, where she "stepped, literally, on 
Linda Brackett's toes while viewing the 
John Singer Sargent exhibit at the 
Museum of Fine Arts in Boston'.' Nell 
Orand Beck and Henry have 1 8 grand- 
children beUveen them and travel to 
see them; noteworthy, as well as Ann 
Trumbore Ream who reports the 1/99 
birth of first grandson, Damian McKen- 
zie Ray. Mary Hanson and Royce have 
moved back to MD to be closer to 
their grandchildren. Royce is Wilson 
H. Elkins Professor at the U. of Mary- 
land, Baltimore County and Mary 
works two days a week with the Arts 
Council of Montgomery County. Their 
daughter is the Veterinarian for Ohio 
State Agriculture Research and Devel- 
opment Center at Wooster. Brigitte 
Guttstadt continues to travel in the US 
as well as to Berlin and Romania. 
Gabrielle Maupin Bielenstein and 
Hans took a long-planned trip to Egypt 
and the Middle East. A card from Mary 
Lois Carroll lauds Joanne Holbrook 
Patton as "the most wonderlul and gra- 
cious hostess" she's ever met and I 
know many of us would agree. She 
and Hugh also visited Grace Wallace 
Brown and Brady in MA where they 
have converted an old quarry into a 
beautiful home with spectacular 
grounds. Joanne wrote of a planned 
trip to Germany in Dec. to be with 
daughter Helen after she has her new 
baby. Last fall she brought the farm 
harvest season to a close with an end- 
of-season Harvest Festival behveen 
trips to Boston to see George, mending 
at the rehab, hospital from naving bro- 
ken and replaced his "other' hip. A film 
for which son Ben was one of the pro- 
ducers was shown at the Venice Film 
Festival this year and another eadier 

54 • Spring/Summer 2000 

short film. Stranded, has been shown 
on PBS stations in New York, Washing- 
ton and Boston. Sue |udd Silcox and 
Jack again took two grandchildren on a 
windjammer trip out of Camden, ME 
and had perfect weather and as much 
fun as they had the year before. They 
are settled in their new home where 
new plantings weathered the drought. 
Ann Whittingham Smith's son Peter 
was married in Sept. in an outdoor cer- 
emony on the CT shore, on a beautiful 
weekend between hurricanes Dennis 
and Floyd. Bob and I are having a 
wonderful 4th year in Charlottesville 
enjoying all the art, music, lectures, 
that abound in this area. I have also 
finally joined the local Bar Association. 
We see Anne Forster Dooley and Jim 
as often as we can. My daughter 
Denise and husband, Martin Nager, 
were both admitted to the International 
College of Dentists and are practicing 
periodontists in Rhode Island, while 
my son has opened a laboratory for 
Dermatopathology in Hartford, CT. 

On a sad note foanne Ration 
reports a letter from Donna Reese God- 
win that Donna's husband George has 
died. Our classmate, Berta A. Russ 
Summerell died in November 1998. I 
remember Berta Allen and myself por- 
ing over beautifully decorated rooms in 
the magazines, planning the wonderful 
homes we hoped to live in when we 
were married! Finally, Vikki Schroeder 
of the class of '87 has e-mailed that she 
is gathering a list of those who were in 
Paint and Patches for a celebration dur- 
ing the centennial. If you were, or 
know someone who was, please pass 
her name, class and e-mail to Vikki 
through the alumnae office. 

Please mark vour calendars for our 


President: Dale Flutter Harris 
Secretary: Mary Ann Mellen Root 
Fund Agents: Mary Kimball Grier, 
Eleanor Johnson Ashby 

First, last year's news from a few 
classmates who missed the deadline: In 
4/98 Midge Chase Powell and Bill 
walked in a 25 mile Memorial March 
in NM to commemorate the Bataan 
Death March of 1942. Quite an experi- 
ence. Midge still sells real estate. They 
have 6 grandchildren, all close by. 
Ginny Hudson Toone had a great 
grandson born 1/99. (Is he our first?) 
He already has his own web page. 
Connie Werly Wakelee and [)ave 
moved to a one-floor condo in Guil- 
ford, easing Connie's back problems. 
Dave is still working hard, but sailing 
whenever he can. Their son moved 
back to Denver with Fed Ex, but the 
girls (and grandchildren) live much 
closer. This year's news starts with a 
down note. Our sympathy goes out to 
the families of Janet Widau Harris (1- 
09-00), Susan Goodrich O'Connell 
(19991, and Ginny Dunlap Shelton (10- 
24-99). lanet died in Chillicothe, OH. 
Betty Moore Baker reported Susan's 
passing in Flowery Branch, GA, where 
Susan liad moved from CA next door 
to her son after the death of her hus- 
band from Alzheimer's the year before. 
Ginny died surrounded by friends 
while in San Miguel de Allende, Mex- 
ico. She and Tom had joined Ginger 
Timmons Ludwick, Kirk Tucker Clark- 

son, Liz Gibson Brooks, Katty Turner 
Mears, Polly Sloan Shoemaker, Caro- 
line Moody Roberts, Betty Behler 
Stone, Isabel Grayson Parish and their 
husbands for a mini-reunion. They all 
had a delightful first evening together. 
Next morning Ginny had a massive 
stroke at breakfast and died instantly a 
great shock to all. Izzy's husband la 
doctorl and Polly's husband (a lawyer) 
helped ease the legalities of death in a 
foreign land and they all helped Tom 
through this tragic situation. Ginger 
Timmons Ludwick and Dave traveled 
the globe this past year: Turkey, the 
Greek Isles, London, Tuscany and Mex- 
ico, plus the new millennium at 
Manele Bay on Lanai. Ginger is writing 
a book. Hail Britannica, and volunteer- 
ing for the local garden club, arts cen- 
ter, and college science scholarship 
projects. Kirk Tucker Clarkson and Jack 
have the travel bug too. They went to 
India, Mexico, Bermuda, France, New 
Zealand and Australia, plus visited their 
children in Jacksonville. They've sailed 
their boat to FL and on the Chesa- 
peake. When not at sea or overseas, 
lack continues to work as a substitute 
judge and mediator. Katty Turner 
Mears is still active in the Garden 
Clubs of Virginia and America, plus 
helping in various preservation organi- 
zations. She also travels a lot. Her 
youngest daughter was married last 
April and her new son-in-law was 
recently elected to the Virginia Assem- 
bly. Liz Gibson Brooks and George 
saw A Comedy of Errors at the newly 
restored Globe Theater in London. 
Isabel Grayson Parish and Hav stayed 
closer to home (Pinehurst, NO than 
usual this year just enjoying the area 
and Mah Jongg, bridge, golf, church 
and cultural activities. They had a 
house full of guests for the U.S. Open, 
and had 'substitute doctor,' posts in 
GA, NC, and Poughkeepsie, NY. |une 
Arata Pickett and Bob welcomed their 
fifth grandchild 7/99 in NJ. The others 
live in Denver. The Picketts plan a fall 
cruise from Athens to Monte Carlo plus 
hosting an SBC mini-reunion in Vero 
Beach in May. June heard from Sallle 
Gayle Beck, who loves her new life in 
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. She lives 
downtown, but the beach is only a 
half-hour away. The people are very 
pleasant and helpful and her Spanish is 
improving. Edie Norman Wombwell 
and George are building a new house 
in Carbondale, CO, 30 minutes from 
Aspen, but at a lower altitude, which 
should help George's asthma. He still 
skis and climbs mountains. Edie snow- 
shoes and walks. She works 2 days a 
week at the Aspen hospital and is 
learning a lot about physical therapy. 
They traveled to British Columbia and 
Greece, plus visiting their sons in TX, 
CA and, of course, Louisville. Nancy 
McGinnis Whitehead and her grand- 
son moved to Brevard, NC in Dec. in 
time to have Christmas dinner with her 
eldest son farther up in the NC moun- 
tains. Having lived in CA for many 
years, Nancy was delighted with the 
big Jan. snowstorm. Jane Collins 
Sjoberg is plaving "gypsy" while she 
rents out her home in Atherton, CA. 
She wrote from MD, where she was 
visiting her daughter. Kay Amsden 
acquired a new Yorkshire terrier puppy, 
"smart, adorable, and very spoiled'.' 
Kay is heading for FL in April. Jane 

Perry Liles and George are taking their 
children and grandchildren to the Cay- 
man Islands over spring break. Jane, 
Dale, June and Katzy all had grand- 
daughters born in '99. Jane figures that 
makes four for the class of 2020. Katzy, 
Maggie and I had a great few days at 
the Liles house on Grandfather Moun- 
tain last Oct. while our husbands were 
sailing the Chesapeake. Maggie Graves 
McClung and David are taking the 
whole clan (14 in alll on a vacation 
cruise of the Greek Isles. They "did" 
London two vears ago and had such 
fun they thought they'd try again. The 
McClungs spend a lot of time in their 
house and boat on Smith Mountain 
Lake. Jane Dawson Mudwilder's last 
son was married in '99. She spends her 
time in Louisville volunteering, playing 
bridge and watching the grandchildren 
grow. Cinnie Moorhead McNair and 
Norm took trips to Telluride, the SC 
coast, and Nashville. All their grand- 
children (7 boys, 1 girl) visit them in 
San Antonio in the summers. Cinnie 
volunteers as a mentor and with a 
homeless shelter. Norm is semi-retired 
and works part time as a business man- 
ager for a non-profit center for religion 
and health. The last few years haven't 
been so good for Eleanor Hirsch Baer. 
Her mother died in '98 and her hus- 
band, Ben, in '99. Our sympathy, 
Eleanor. She travels to visit family from 
ME to FL to OK. Her youngest son is 
about to be married, and her fifth 
grandchild is due soon. It was good to 
hear from Joan Dean (McCoy). After 
recovery from a broken back incurred 
in Patagonia, Chile, Joan was off to 
Egypt in Jan. and planning another visit 
to Italy in May. She works for Earth 
watch and for Habitat for Humanity. 
She's also a Patient Unit volunteer in 
local hospitals and a third grade tutor 
One of her daughters works for EDS, 
another is a senior writer for Money 
Magazine, and the third teaches at the 
Univ. of Texas in Austin. Kim Green 
Stone and John are having a clan gath- 
ering at their NV ranch over Memorial 
Day for the christening of their first 
granddaughter (Class of 2021 ?). They 
have 5 grandsons. John was invited to 
lecture in Dublin in Oct. so he and 
Kim will take a "grand tour of Ireland" 
beforehand. Kay Vennard LeBlanc 
made two reunions in '99; Joe's 50th at 
Dartmouth and Kay's 50th at New Trier 
H.S. They cruised the Inside Passage to 
AK in July and toured Italv in Oct. Ann 
Elliott Caskie and Challen are meeting 
Nan Locke Rosa and Frank in Ireland 
in May. Then the Caskies will go on to 
England for their annual visit. A hip 
replacement kept Nan from our last 
reunion. She's fine now and looking 
forward to our 50th. She and Frank 
were in Italy in 3-99. The Rosas moved 
from their house of 35 years into a 
townhouse. Tinka Cocke Tarver moved 
into a new, very contemporary house 
in San Antonio, open and light-filled, 
perfect for her artwork and tneir art 
collection. After years of building large 
sculptures she has switched to some- 
thing smaller, silver jewelry. All 3 of 
their children are in the film industry. 
Very creative folks. Mary Kimball Grier 
and Bos spent several weeks in the 
Caribbean. Nancy McDonald joined 
Eleanor Johnson Ashby and Garnett in 
the highlands of Scotland for 3 weeks. 
Then the Ashbys went on to London. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

Their daughter and familv are on sab- 
batical in Barcelona so Eleanor and 
Garnett visited them at Thanksgiving. 
Jay Wells Rodgers and Tom have chil- 
dren scattered Irom Boston to Chat- 
tanooga to Casa Grande, AZ. They 
united lor a (amily vacation at The 
Cloisters on Sea Island last summer 
and plan to do it again this vear. Sally 
Wemple Codman's husband passed 
a\\a\ 6-99 after a long battle with 
leukemia. Our condolences, Sally. She 
has sold their home and moved into a 
condo nearer to her office in Bridge- 
port, CT. Kitty Guerrant Fields took her 
4-year-old grandson (and his parents) 
to NYC to see The Lion King and other 
sights. Kitty is joining Meri Hodges 
Major i'54i on the Virginia Museum 
trip up the Hudson River in April. In 
May she is taking daughter Fran on the 
SBC trip down the Elbe from Potsdam 
to Prague. Janet Hamilburg Churchill 
is a lecturer at the Univ. of Delaware 
on aviation topics, a speaker at Viet- 
nam veterans' reunions, the secretary 
of the New Castle, DE Lions Club, and 
has just published a new book: Classi- 
fied Secret — Controlling Airstrikes in 
the Clandestine War in Laos. Congratu- 
lations, Janet. Gloria Rawls Askew 
attended her Big 50 h.s. reunion in 
New Orleans. She and her older 
daughter went to London and Paris 
where they "did" museums until they 
dropped. The family was all together in 
Houston for Christmas. Gloria and Nan 
O'Keeffe meet for lunch monthly. Nan 
also went to her h.s. reunion in 
Westchester County, then on up to NH 
to see Nancy Ord Jackson and Art. 
She'll travel to Italy in May. Patti TIghe 
Walden went to HI in Dec. to visit her 
daughter and family. Patti 's fifth grand- 
child is due in July. She sees Jeanne 
Duff quite often. Patsy Phillips Brown 
and Carlyle celebrated their 50th 
anniversary 6-00. They live on a lake 
in Forest, VA, near Lynchburg, and 
have all their children and grandchil- 
dren nearby. Those of us with progeny 
all over the map know how lucky they 
are. Carolyn Smith is a rare book 
librarian at Johns Hopkins. Sounds fas- 
cinating. Katzy Bailey Nager and C.J. 
welcomed their first granddaughter 
(after 4 grandsons) in 1 0-99. Son 
George is engaged. The Nagers had 
Thanl<sgiving with us on Hilton Head 
on their way to FL. Joan Arey Harrison 
and Chuck have a new abode in 
Wilmington, NC. Dale Hutter Harris 
and Ted spent Christmas in England 
with daughter Frances and her family. 
They were in Tucson "helping" after 
granddaughter, Julia, was born in Oct. 
to son Tim and his wife. Ted will head 
up a conference on the 500-Year Forest 
being held at Sweet Briar this May. 
Janie (Janet) Martin Birney and Scott 
have grandchildren in TX, MA and PA, 
so they travel from their home in 
Wellesley. Janie's mother died in Den- 
ver on Thanksgiving Day. She was 99. 
Our sympathy to the family. Betty 
Moore Baker and Rex are grandparents 
for the first time. Betty has fun commu- 
nicating with Kay Amsden as they have 
similar haunts in MA, including tne inn 
featured in Kay's book, "A Horse in the 
Ladies RoomT Betty does board work 
for the Historic Bethlehem Partnership 
and Burnside Plantation, a historic 
1 743 farm. She also enjoys two AAUW 
book clubs. I belong to one down 

here — a great way to go on learning. 
Dolly Wallace Hartman had a solo art 
show at the Cultural Center in 
Charleston which the newspaper called 
"a wonderful body of work from an 
exceptionally talented artist'.' But then, 
we've always known that. Aside from 
her own painting, Dolly also teaches a 
class weekly. As for 1 999 with the 
Roots, we had a wonderful trip to the 
FL Keys with friends, went back to 
Cleveland for my 50th h.s. gala, visited 
our grandsons in Dallas, and spent 
Christmas in NYC with our daughter. In 
1/00, our youngest son, David, opened 
a new restaurant. The Speak Easy Grill, 
in Bradenton, FL. If any of you travel 
that way, be sure to stop in. Thanks for 

Editor's note: The Alumnae Office 
received tfie sad news that Mary Ann's 
husband, John Root, died on June 15, 


President: Rebecca Faxon Knowles 

Secretary: Virginia (Ginger) Chamblin 


Fund Agent: Audrey Stoddard 

We start on a sad note. I'm sorry to 
have to report that Fritz Merriman 
Naylor's husband Lester died in 
November, after a long illness. I know 
we all send our love and sympathy to 

And now, some good news: I told 
you last year that Emily Hunter 
Slingluff's son Craig was seriously ill. 
He is much better now, I'm happy to 
report; he is walking, jogging, wind- 
surfing, and oh yes, working again. A 
wonderful recovery. I know we're all 
happy for Emily and her husband 
Craig. Anne Lyn Harrell Welsh has 
moved into a new home, and says the 
support of her daughters and friends 
has helped her through the past bad 
year. Other health problems (or their 
absence): Mary Amanda McThenia 
lodice has had cataract surgery and 
can read without glasses for the first 
time in 60 years. She is enjoying 
grandchildren. I too have thrown away 
my glasses, thanks to bifocal contact 
lenses — what a great feeling. 

Boy, do we travel a lot. I'll have to 
condense a bit here: Susan Hayward 
Collins went to Paris with the SBC 
Alumnae group. Joan Kells Cook vis- 
ited England, Italy and San Francisco, 
and will go to her husband's reunion 
next summer. Ruth Campbell VanDer- 
poel reports 8 days on a Grand 
Canyon tour, and 3 grandchildren. 
Betsy Stevens Sutton and Bob went to 
Costa Rica, Colombia, Great Britain, 
Scandinavia, Russia and places in 
between. When they're not traveling 
they are organizing entertainment for 
the local Chamber of Commerce. 
Jeanette Kennedy Hancock and Jimmie 
traveled in Cornwall and Utah, quite a 
contrast. Jane Dildy and her husband 
took cruises from Santiago around 
Cape Horn to Buenos Aires, and to 
Acapuico, and will be cruising in the 
Southern Caribbean over New Year's. 
Diane Johnson DeCamp reports that 
driving a car in England visiting 
Antique Fairs is exciting. Her dog — a 
nervous type — recently ate the laundry 
room and a window, but is on Prozac 
now and both the dog and the house 
are much better. Didi Stoddard has 

been walking and dining in Italy, and 
visiting Tinker Beard in Alabama. Tin- 
ker divides her time between MN and 
AL, with side trips visiting family and 
friends in lA, IL, MO and IN. Mary 
Boyd Murray Trussell and George went 
scuba diving in St. Lucia, Little Cayman 
and the Bahamas, with children and 
grandchildren along. They both find 
time to do volunteer work. Frances 
Bell Shepherd and Jimmy went to 
Turkey and the Black Sea, and to 
Jimmy's 50th VMI reunion; this year 
they were in the Cotswolds, and 
Frances reports recent marriages of a 
son and a daughter. Betty Byrne Gill 
Ware and Hudnall really got around — 
to France, NM, CO, Spain and S. 
America this year. My husband Art and 
I took a riverboat trip from St. Peters- 
burg to Moscow and had fun. Phyllis 
Herndon Brissenden went birding 
again, this time to India and New 
Zealand. She also took in the opera in 
Santa Fe, and does volunteer work at 
home. Phyllis, bless her, sent an enve- 
lope full of marvelous vintage '55 
mementos which you will all see in 
our scrapbook if you come to Reunion. 

Some of us are still working and 
enjoying it. Renis Siner Paton is doing 
real estate work with her daughter 
Katie. Patsy Smith Ticer is running for 
another term as Virginia State Senator, 
and she and John found time to go to 
Maine and Canada. Jane Feltus Welch 
is still acting, most recently in a new 
play to be produced in Denver in Dec. 
Catherine Cage Bruns is very busy 
working on Glenwood Cemetery in TX 
with the Historic Preservation Alliance, 
and has been authorized to write a 
book about the cemetery. Dede Crater 
Pearse is hard at work establishing or 
directing several radio stations in AZ, 
and also volunteers at the Heard 

A lot of us (me included) think 
retirement is great fun. Georgia 
Knobloch Smith and Phil play golf and 
bridge and enjoy their sons and grand- 
sons. Liz Rector Keener does a lot of 
church-related needlework. Camille 
Williams Vow still enjoys working with 
the American Craft Council on her 
local craft show, and she and Lawson 
travel a bit. She has also been on 
wilderness horse and hiking trips. Dede 
Harrison Austin and Larry are doing 
over an old mountain house in NC; 
she is busy with the Colonial Dames, 
Garden Club, flower shows, and 
grandchildren. Chase Lane Bruns has a 
new grandson, and tells me of her 
other son's recent wedding which was 
distinguished by the bride's breaking 
her leg! Peggy West Valentine says she 
and Henry still enjoy their nearby 2 
children and 9 grandchildren; she also 
gardens, volunteers at Childrens' Hos- 
pital, and has recently replaced tennis 
with golf and says it is quite a game. 
Pat Tucker Turk reports that she plays 
duplicate bridge, has a computer 
addiction, takes classes at the local col- 
lege, and enjoys 3 children and 5 
grandchildren. She and Maynard travel 
a bit, too. Patty McClay Boggs and Flip 
moved to CA after his retirement, and 
they visit back and forth with their 3 
children as often as possible. Charlotte 
Orr Moores and Jon recently acquired 
their first granddaughter (after several 
grandsons) and she spends a lot of time 
babysitting. Mary Boyd Murray 

Trussell and George continue to scuba 
dive, fly, enjoy their grandchildren, and 
do volunteer work with juvenile 
oftenders. Bexy Faxon Knowles, Sue 
Lawton Mobley, MItzi Streit Halla and 
Honey Addington Passano were all at 
SBC recently lielping plan the Reunion 
Weekend. Mark vour calendars now — 
May 12-14, 2000— and plan to BE 


Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

President: Nancie Howe Entenmann 
Secretaries: Meredith Smythe Grider, 
Macie Clay Nichols 
Fund Agent: Janet Monroe Schumann 

Here we go again. The Millennium, 
Social Security and only one year until 
our 45th!! The distinctive feature of 
most of your notes is like an issue of 
TRAVEL and LEISURE. Iris Potteiger 
Hinchman travels to Dallas for visits 
with her grandchildren; Sanibel for 
family birthdays and winter getaway; 
with John to the Near East and Greece 
and will be at the Spoleto Festival in 
summer. Nancie Howe Entenman was 
in NYC for the Westminster Dog Show 
with grandog. She enjoyed an Elder- 
hostel in Russia, toured Provence later 
and will be off to Portugal in June. 
Nancy St. Clair Talley, grandmother of 
grandsons only, toured gardens in Italy 
and England and heads to France in 
May. She writes for The Winchester 
Star, volunteers with the Virginia His- 
torical Society and The Garden Club of 
Virginia. Janet Monroe Schumann 
helped raise over a billion dollars for 
Johns Hopkins Engineering School 
where she is Director of major gifts — 
that IS major! Her daughter and family 
(Jamie 3, and Sophie Grace 1 ) live in 
Barbados where son-in-law is building 
a golf course. Parksie Carroll Mulhol- 
land will resume retirement now that 
Jack has recovered from an Achilles 
Tendon rupture and shingles. Their golf 
passion is indulged in Baltimore, their 
Virginia Mountain getaway and Ft. 
Myers. Their 2 married children have 5 
progeny and their single son is ever 
more eligible. Betty Pierce Bradshaw 
and Jack couldn't leave TX and all their 
family living there and are involved in 
work for their Church and the GOP, 
plus a Christian theatre group. Look for 
them in Sicily this summer. Frances 
Gilbert Browne had a great 1 999 with 
the marriage of her youngest son, Paul, 
and the impending arrival of a 4th 
grandson. She has visited both Mimi 
(Dppenheimer and Helen Wolfe. Joan 
Broman Wright has not unpacked all 
year! From a June mini-Princeton 
reunion in Aspen, they headed for the 
Canadian Rockies and Victoria; then, 
Scotland, Ireland, London; Dec. week 
for Jim's birthday at The Cloister, then 
Christmas in FL with daughter's family 
(2 tykes) and single son, )im, a soccer 
coach at Davidson. Marty Field Fite 
hosted them in Vero Beach on the way 
home. Ann Edgerton Mills and Dick 
retired 5 years ago to Pinehurst where 
they enjoy the lifestyle. Their two chil- 
dren are Brad in Bala Cynwd, Pa. and 
Carey Poole in Tucker, Ca. with a total 
of 3 grandchildren. Bet Forbes Ray- 
burn and Ann Stevens Allen, our own 
Thelma and Louise, left farming and 
grandchildren behind to tour a vanety 
of horse events in FL — carriage to polo 
to Olympic training. Ann enjoyed a trip 

Spring/Summer 2000 • 55 

to Milan with her daughter for the 
unveiling of da Vinci's horse and a 
concert at La Scala. Spain is planned 
for 2000. Louisa Hunt and Mac Coker 
felt the wrath of Hurricane Floyd in 
Franklin, Va. and are busy repairing 
and rebuilding. But they will take a 
break for a fall trip to France. Peggy 
Pattillo Beckham and Bob have all 4 
children and grandchildren in Abilene 
now, but will De whale watching this 
spring. Evelyn Christison Gregory 
resides in Madison, N| and thoroughly 
toured England with family and visited 
Sally Hyde McMlllin in London. More 
family connections in Savannah for 
Christmas with son and mother, etc. 
Carolyn Dickinson Tynes sent an 
adorable photo of her namesake, 
daughter Gary's one year old. Bayard 
has retired and they enjoy 9 grandchil- 
dren. She is studying contemporary art. 
With Rose IVIontgomery Johnston, 
Mary Ann Quarngesser, she joined the 
SBC trip to Vienna. Jane Black Clark 
and David welcomed a new grandson 
(daughter Ashley) for a total of 4 boys 
and 5 girls. Nancy Ettinger Minor in 
Savannah survived the hurricane and 
Raleigh recovers from by-pass surgery. 
Both are retired and stay busy golfing, 
volunteering and returning to tennis. 
They missed winter by traveling to the 
Caribbean and will go west for 2 
months this summer. Marlene Etienne 
Engdahl retires as Exec-Secretary to the 
Principal at Cheshire High and has 
bought a home in Bethel, ME in the 
White Mts. Her 4 children are scat- 
tered from Ann Arbor to NY to Boston 
but she hopes her 4 grandchildren will 
visit often. Her proudest achievement 
is working as president of a union to 
help women with their collective 
voices. Betsy Meade Hastings joins the 
retiree world, but is not idle! She's still 
copy-editing for Walk Thru The Bible, 
enjoys the SBC Living Room Learning 
class, garden club and raising a 
Golden Retriever puppy. Don writes 
his sixth book on Gardening, in the 
South. Their son, Chris, married last 
year and continues the family tradition 
in Southern horticulture. Don III, M.D. 
is in seminary and will become a med- 
ical missionary. So many of us felt the 
sudden loss of Ella Prince-Trimmer 
Knox, a most beloved and distin- 
guished classmate. Each of us has our 
own warm memories of her and her 
friendship — she made a huge effort to 
attend our 40th — and she made each 
of us feel special. Joe was a perfect 
match for her intellect, wit and love of 
life and he will always be included in 
the Class of '56. Several classmates 
attended her funeral. Mimi Thornton 
Oppenheimer writes that a memorial 
fund has been set up in her memory: 
The Ella-Prince Trimmer Knox Fund, 
St. Catherine's School, 6001 Grove 
Ave., Richmond, Va. 23226. 

I have given my fellow scribe, 
Meredith, the year off — it's been a sad 
one for her. Paul, after a brave battle 
with cancer died last summer, was 
buried overlooking Torch Lake, Ml and 
left a large and loving family and 
friends. Daughters Sarah, Lisa and 
Meredith II were close throughout and 
Meredith has been an inspiration. She 
has a new house in Ml for long sum- 
mers and a condo in Sanibel for winter 
break. Exciting news is the March 
arrival of Lisa and Steve's twins, a boy 

56 • Spring/Summer 2000 

and a girl. They live here so Cranny 
will be busy! The Nichols have not 
retired yet — still enjoy selling both 
bonds and houses. We had a travel- 
intense 1999 with trips to 
Peru/Ecuador/Galapagos, CA (twice), 
NC, Memphis, FL tor Thanksgiving, 
The Homestead for New Year's and a 
month in Provence again. One week in 
France was just old girlfriends, the Ya- 
ya's. Norma Davis Owen came, but 
Mishew Cooper Williams had to can- 
cel. Spent a few days with Norma and 
Penn and the casinos of Tunica, and 
another few with Mishew and Murray 
on their lovely boat in Ft. Myers. Our 
daughter and son both teach — she 
French in FL, he ESL in 
Louisville/Barcelona/ Sicily. So there 
you have it for this year!! It's great to 
hear from you, wish more would return 
the cards. Does anyone want the 


President: Lynn Prior Harrington 
Secretary: jane Shipman Kuntz 
Fund Agent: Ethel Ogden Burwell 

Once again it's time to catch up 
with the Class of '58. Betty Gallo 
Skladal, Anchorage, AK, has recovered 
from foot surgery. The Skladals spent 6 
weeks away this summer, visiting 
Lynchburg as well as their sons and 
their families. Betty, who continues her 
singing, is nursing a broken wrist but 
doing some substitute teaching while 
George practices elder law. Texas 
news; Sue Rosson Tejml and Emil's 
daughter Tamara and her two sons 
moved in with them, Jan. '99, when 
Tamara's husband died suddenly. Sue 
and Tamara may go into law practice 
together in Dallas, concentrating on 
international adoptions. Fall of '98 Sue 
spent 2 weeks in a Romanian orphan- 
age as a volunteer under the auspices 
of HUG, a Dallas-based NPO. It was a 
life-changing and affirming experience. 
Betty Rae Sivalls Davis and family are 
doing well in Midland. The Davises 
have 2 great bird and butterfly watch- 
ing trips to New Zealand and Spain. 
June Neighbors McAllister and Tom 
love retirement in Alto, NM, a golfing 
community in the mountains. They 
went to Germany this fall. There's no 
retirement for Annie Laurie Lanier 
Samuels, Mansfield, LA. After a trial 
move to Belgium and Holland, she 
returned home to work for an invest- 
ment broker and to be close to her 
family. She spent the summer recover- 
ing from a broken arm. Lynn Crosby 
Gammill and Stuart went to Ireland in 
Sept. and were thrilled finally to see 
The Book ot'Kells. This was after they 
spent much of '99 celebrating the 
George Washington Bicentennial 
through Mount Vernon. From Char- 
lotte, NC, Dana Dewey Woody wrote 
that their son Jonathan will marry in 
March, 2000! Cornelia Long Matson 
enclosed, with her note, a handsome 
label designed by her, from Cornelia 
and Richard's vineyard. Chateau Le 
Cleret in France. She wrote that they 
were satisfied with their '98 vintage 
and that their special Cuvee Cornelia is 
aging in oak barrels. They enjoyed a 
trip to Paris and then to London to visit 
daughter Julia and husband and grand- 
daughters aged 5, 3, & 1 yr. old. Patty 
Williams Twohy and Edward will visit 

them in Osprey, FL for the Millennium 
celebration. They will spend the spring 
in France and return for son David's 
graduation from Bowman-Gray Med- 
ical School in May. CeCe Dickson 
Banner is working and traveling more 
than ever. Her daughter Jenny and hus- 
band have developed a premiere craft 
gallery, Mountain Laurel, in Berkeley 
Springs, WVA where they also have a 
gift shop, coffee bar and restaurant. 
Daughter Becky, a veterinarian in 
Roswell, CA, married a fellow vet over 
Labor Day, during Hurricane Dennis. 
Son Larry is father of CeCe's only 
grandchild. From Bethesda, MD, Peggy 
Jean Fossett Lodeesen writes that she is 
back teaching Latin at Sidwell Friends; 
she spent 10 days in Rome in June and 
clocked 11 7 miles on a pedometer. 
Williamsburg, VA is home to Ruth 
Frame Salzberg where she and Bob 
retired to golf community. Kings Mill. 
Ruth is ready to publish her book — no 
hint of the subject. From Richmond, 
VA; Eleanor Humphreys Schnabel will 
receive her MA degree in December. 
Daughter Liza will be married in April 
2000. Ellie (SBC 87) and husband are 
in Marblehead, MA. Mary Johnson 
Campbell saw Mary Taylor Swing and 
Patty Sykes Treadwell while in San 
Francisco; they share SBC club duties 
there. Mary and David's daughter 
Windy is to be married in May. Patty 
Williams Twohy and Edward have a 
grandson, courtesy of their daughter 
who lives in Cincinnati. Patty enjoyed 
being included in the St. Catherine's 
reunion dinner at Tibby Moore Gard- 
ner's. Joan Nelson Bargamin and hus- 
band Paul are still antiquing. They 
enjoy seeing loan's junior year room- 
mate Carol McClave Duncan and Don 
at the Duncans' farm in PA. The 
Bargamins do a lot of movie shoots, 
providing sets and scenery. Joan espe- 
cially enjoys contact with movie 
stars — Miss Piggy and Richard Gere — 
to name two. Boothbay Harbor, ME, is 
where Julie Booth Perry's heart is now. 
She loves the beauty and history of 
Maine. Julie is doing zen gardening, 
quilting and silk-screening and is look- 
ing for a Maine Coon Cat to keep her 
company. Lee Cooper van de Velde. 
Philadelphia, joined Claire Cannon 
Christopher, Jane Oxner Waring, 
Eleanor Cain Pope, Lanny Tuller Web- 
ster and Lynn Prior Harrington for a 
mini-reunion in Natchez, visiting Ethel 
Green Banta ('55) in her beautiful, his- 
toric home. They were also graciously 
entertained by Ruth Ellen Green Cal- 
houn ('57) in full costume. Coopie still 
travels for her executive search firm but 
manages to mix business and pleasure; 
husband Chris joined her for a week- 
end at the Christophers' spectacular 
mountain retreat. Ina Hamilton Houck, 
Chicago, graduated from McCormick 
Theological Seminary in June with a 
Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care. In 
June she and John spent an "incredible 
week" at an international conference in 
Ghana. Son Bob and his wife gave Ina 
her first grandson and son Donovan 
will be married in June, 2000. Ethel 
Ogden Burwell and Armistead, Crosse 
Pointe Farms, Ml, are spending winter 
on the Gulf coast and visit their chil- 
dren and grandchildren whenever pos- 
sible. Ethel raved about Alumnae 
Council and the plans for the impend- 
ing SBC Centennial celebration. "The 

College just gets better and better, and 
we can all be proud of our alma 
mater!' Martha and Don Schenck with 
Katie, 10, Lauren, 8, and Cole, 3, came 
to the States from Namibia to spend a 
month with Eddie and me. We had a 
family reunion at Columbus Beach 
Club in Ml. Martha's twin sister Lee 
Eckerman and son Scottie, 9, who sur- 
vived the Clarksville tornado, spent a 
week with us and Anne also got up to 
be with her sisters. My mother Martha 
McBroom Shipman ('31 1 was there for 
a week as well. Eddie and I have been 
to CBC twice with only our dog Dinah 
for company. We also met Martha in 
DC in February when she came for 
training at the State Dept. for her new 
position as Community' Liaison Officer. 
I continue to sing in our church choir 
and the Dayton Philharmonic chorus 
and to write feature articles for local 
papers. Many thanks for sending your 
news. It's not too early to think about 
our 45th reunion in 2003, the year of 
SBC's Bicentennial celebration! 


President: Alice Cary Farmer Brown 
Secretary: Judy Nevins LeHardy 
Fund Agents: Ann Young Bloom, Betsy 
Smith White 

Fun getting your responses, espe- 
cially those with words of encourage- 
ment for me! To answer a question 
about the Reunion last year — 33 of us 
were there and we had a whole dorm 
to ourselves. Some hadn't been back in 
years — 4 brought husbands. We left 
with happy memories of; hula lessons 
on the porch by All Wood Thompson 
— early morning tennis games — great 
weather for outdoor meals — wonderful 
food — chapel with Fleming's sermon 
and Cookie Cook Carle's solo — lots of 
laughter, talk, even some tears. The 
next one should be even better, so do 
try to come. 

Evelyn Moore Horton's daughter, 
Rosalie moved to VA and has a free- 
lance film and video business. Hus- 
band Ham is running again for his 4th 
term in the NC senate. Betsy Colwill 
WIegers and George are still living in 
Vail, CO and have bought a small apt. 
in NYC to escape the long winters. In 
Jan. Ann Pegram Harris hosted SBC 
Living-Room Learning — weekly lec- 
tures ty local professors or experts on 
varied subjects, to SBC alums and pals. 
Husband Byron has been hospitalized 
3 times this year — "they keep Return- 
ing to Sender" Their 7th grandchild is 
due soon. From Isa Mary Lowe 
Ziegler, news of the first engagement in 
the family — their daughter. An Elder- 
hostel trip to France was enjoyed by 
Courtney Gibson Pelley and Herb. 
They studied Americans in France. 
Their beach house at Emerald Isle still 
stands after being hit by 7 hurricanes in 
3 years! Linda Knickerbocker Ford's 
medical problems are solved for the 
moment, and she is busy with the farm 
and being president of the Albemarle 
Garden Club in Charlottesville. An 
investment club keeps Harriet Hender- 
son Stubblefield busy. Doing stock 
studies on the computer and reading 
the Wall street Journal and other busi- 
ness magazines are new to her, she 
says. Vivian Butler Scott writes that the 
gardens of their church in Montgomery 
will appear in Tine Gardening maga- 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

zine in 4/OO.She and |im created and 
have worked hard on the gardens. In 
Greensboro, NC Kathleen Mather 
Koestler is still teaching French at 
UNCC and has taken on the editorship 
of International Poetry Review. She 
does volunteer nursing once a week 
and looks forward to retirement from 
academe in 2-3 years. Marge McCol- 
lutn Tillman and Fred retired from 
careers in education and moved to 
Santa Fe. They are building a house 
which overlooks the city and the 
mountains. On 2/12 Susan Glass was 
married to Dave Donalson, with all her 
children and grandchildren participat- 
ing. The reception was a fund raiser for 
the Kirkland, WA Arts Center, and 
guests were asked to make a contribu- 
tion — turning it into a "major event" 
Alice Cary Farmer Brown writes that 
they spent Thanksgiving with their 
daughter and family in Charlottesville, 
Christmas in Telluride, CO with their 
youngest son and his family, and New 
Vears in Southern CA with their older 
son, Tom and his family. "Blissful times 
with all 8 grandchildren!" Vicki Meeks 
Blair-Smith commutes between Dennis 
on Cape Cod and Cambridge, MA 
where she does genealogical research 
and berm gardening. On the Cape she 
is transforming her Tate mother-in-law's 
formal "town" home into a family 
retreat. She is part time technical serv- 
ices librarian for the Dennis Public 
Library. Husljand Hugh has recovered 
from his H/98 heart attack. Daughter 
Caroline and her husband Andy teach 
Outward Bound in ME, and son, Rob- 
bie and his wife, )ill have a daughter, 
Amelia lean, 1. From ME, Rachel Bok 
Goldman reports that she and Allen 
plan a trip in May "chasin' jason and 
the Golden Fleece" by ship in the 
Black Sea. All is well with Judy Welton 
Sargent's daughter, Catherine. They are 
thankful for the successful treatments 
and answered prayer. Judy and John, 
along with their daughter, Susan, and 
"granddog" Dixie were headed for 
New Orleans for a Christmas celebra- 
tion with Catherine. Ann Eagles Carrell 
retired after ten year working at Sons of 
the American Revolution. Son Bill III 
completed his 5th year practicing law. 
Ann and Bill visited New Orleans and 
Biloxi in Jan., and cruised up the Mis- 
sissippi River. From Meriwether 
Hagerty Rumrill, news of two new 
family members, her FHungarian daugh- 
ter in law, and an English son in law- 
to-be this lune. At the Hungarian 
wedding the whole day was filled with 
music and they danced all night! Her 
oldest son is still in SD with her 2 
grandchildren and another on the way, 
and her third son is at West Point. 
Penny Fisher Duncklee had a water- 
color painting accepted to a national 
juried show, Arizona Aqueous XV, in 
Tubac, AZ. John has a new book out, 
Genevieve of Tombstone, "a good 
book about a strong woman'.' They took 
a painting and writing trip to Costa 
Rica, and traveled to the east and west 
coasts to see children. A trip to Brazil 
last year for Virginia Ramsey Crawford 
and Mac. They spent 1 days on the 
Amazon River, toured Manaus, and 
went to see Iguassu Falls. Youngest 
daughter, Sarah was to be married on 
lune 3. Ali Wood Thompson had 3 
trips back from HI last year, and she 
and Travis toured Australia for 3 weeks. 

She is still the leader of her Hawaiian 
(senior) "Plunkers" band, putting on 
shows for the nursing homes and hos- 
pitals. Anne Wimbish Kasanin and 
Mark planned a March voyage on the 
Wind Star from Costa Rica to Belize, 
through the Panama Canal. Both sons 
work with on-line advertising, one in 
CA and one in NYC. Cay Hart Gaines 
and Stanley celebrated their 40th 
anniversary with all their family at the 
Greenbrier in White Sulfur Springs, 
VyV. They now have 3 married chil- 
dren, 7 grandchildren, and one single 
son, who is in NY. She works full time 
for Republican candidates across the 
country and is also the National Chair- 
man of Reelect America, a 4-month 
bus tour of America's State Capitals, 
focussing on the Founding Fathers' 
principles. Our big news is the prema- 
ture birth (3 months early) of identical 
twin boys to Ward, jr. and Debbie in 
6/99. Weighing just two pounds each 
they gave us a scare, but 8 months 
later they were thriving at 14 pounds. 
The oldest of our 9 grandchildren is a 
freshman at the Univ. of Central FL. 
Sorry I had to leave out some of your 
details and clever comments, due to 
the strict limit of 1000 words! 


President: Suzanne Seaman Berry 
Secretary: Elizabeth Hutchins Sharland 
Fund Agent: Margaret Wadman 
Cafasso, Julie O'Neal Arnheim 

Our Earth has spun serenely into a 
new millennium, and '61 continues to 
explore, accomplish and contribute. 
Most popular activity (15) — playing 
with grandchildren. Also, husbands 
retiring, bringing time to enjoy the tried 
and true activities, look for new fun. 
"My husband has retired and we are 
definitely learning new patterns of 
being together and enjoying our life" 
says one. Julie Johnson Chapin, NH 
apple farmer, breast cancer survivor 
after bone marrow transplant, climbs 
mountains, sails, enjoys 2 grands. 
Maury Bethea Cain relaxing, retired 
from BC/BS. Harry, Williamsburg; 
Harry Jr. Atlanta; Elizabeth married '99, 
Chicago; Maury Jr., 4grands, Potomac 
MD. Parisian Domi Siegler-Lathrop's 
"Secrets of Needlepoint" now avail- 
able. Fran Brackenridge Neumann w/ 
Unitarians' social justice, outreach; 
prez, "the Diggers," Garden Clubs of 
America, so travels, enjoys Ernest's fall 
retirement; sees Enid Ballentine. Joy- 
fully retired Bamby lliff plays bridge, 
helps shop supporting Children's Hos- 
pital, and is travelling. Long silent Sue 
Bell Davies lost Gwynfor; 2 sons, 2 
married daughters, 2 grands, retired 
teacher of hearing impaired; sponsors 
10 Children developing world, travels 
to visit them; extends welcome to us 
Cardiff, Wales. Richmond, Mary 
Denny Scott Wray 3 new grands, 10 
total, healthy. Susie Prichard Pace 
grandsits, tennis, admits some stiffness, 
"trying to unload my junk'.' W/Tub, 
sends love. Anne Worboys Buske's 
Rachel, Cornell '99, working, next 
more school; Dana married "wonder- 
ful" fellow MIT grad student, Michael 
Schneider. Janna Staley Fitzgerald 
came; visited Holly Chaikowski Davis; 
enjoys working Irish import company; 
mentors girl long-term; on political 
campaign. Louise Cobb Boggs, John 

scaling down work; also on political 
campaign, civic concerns; house on 
Chesapeake; 1 grand, 2 children, work- 
ing on houses. From Madison, Wl with 
"unique" winter, back to Richmond, 
Judith Harris Cutting, Tom, celebrated 
their 40th anniversary in Caribbean 
w/children, spouses, and grandson. 
Sally Mathiasen Prince runs 7 bou- 
tiques; 2 grands, both 1 , DC area; says 
Jill Babson Carter moves to Mass. 
Susan Cone Scott is a massage thera- 
pist, teaches massage, on Board of 
AIDS-HIV Services Group, helping 
infected, educating, preventing; 
Alexandra's CD "Styrofoam" for sale; 
Frederic works for Lotus, Austin TX 
"doing computer stuff I cannot compre- 
hend'.' She's going through 60's more 
lightly — lost 25 lbs. March saw board 
member Lou Chapman Hoffman wel- 
come Molly Haskell, Andrew Sarris to 
speak at Tennessee Williams/New 
Orleans Literary Festival; Lou edits 
"Historic New Orleans Collection 
Quarterly" Judge Mimi Lucas Fleming, 
Celia Williams Dunn know several 
friends, 60, working long days; Mimi's 
trial judge on Juvenile Division; Mimi, 
husband, son, wife, 2grands England 
October, all rode London buses. Enthu- 
siastic flower and veggie gardener 
Simone Aubry totally replaced both 
knees, separately, last year; hoped to 
heal enough visit Macchu Picchu, the 
Galapagos winter. Bee Newman 
Thayer worked for SBC at Oct. board 
meetings, reports lots of enthusiasm for 
college's future in new millennium. 
Anticipated another grand, fun times 
with newly retired Brad, Jan. Finishing 
as Chairman of the Board of Directors, 
"retired" Sara Finnegan Lycett and Ike 
volunteer with Visitors' Center, Walters 
Art Gallery, Woman's Exchange, all in 
Baltimore; Ireland fall, Zimbabwe, 
Botswana, S Africa April; they have a 
grand time spoiling 7 flourishing 
grands, "then they go home!" New 
grandparents twice, Lennart and Willia 
Fales Eckerberg flew to Sweden, Lon- 
don, where Lennart, who lived there 
60's, showed her wide-ranging 
improvements, beautiful countryside, 
gorgeous churches, old palaces serving 
as government ministries or awaiting 
reclamation. Ed and Margaret Storey 
Wasson moved back to their old gram- 
mar school neighborhood; Andrew 
married wonderful long-lime friend 
Margaret Davidson, San Antonio, Sept. 
Annabelle Sweeney Aines, Ann 
Thomas Lasater, Betsy Pearson Griffin 
and Anne Allen Symonds, guests. Her 
Winifred's new full-time teacher. Robin 
Wawro Bataillon's mind, body active, 
translating, golf, blissful with 2 grands. 
Diane Stevens' birthday, she was off 
Nepal, trekking between Sherpa vil- 
lages, Darjeeling, Sikkim, Hong Kong, 
partly joined by Min Ho Kwaan. It's 
back to Boston roots for new century. 
"New Life" opens May for Linda 
MacArthur Hollis, Bolj, retiring from 
Pfizer Central Research, building house 
sunny hilltop, and babysitting son's 2 
daughters nearby; Feb. trip to Tanzania 
w/Jennifer, son-in-law. Fall '99, their 3 
kids, 2 wives, 2 grands celebrated Janie 
Arensberg Thompson, Harry's 35th 
anniversary in Bermuda "great" despite 
hurricane. Sawyer's first birthday April. 
Nov.'99, Celia Williams Dunn, Cather- 
ine Caldwell Cabaniss, went with SBC 
Friends of Art to Paris. Celia Jr, In Tibet, 

teaching English, Laurance Jr., radiolo- 
gist, St. Vincent's Hospital, wife live in 
Jacksonville. "Senior citizenship isn't 
half bad" opines Polly Chapman Her- 
ring, watching Alice practice trick or 
treating. At Easter, new arrival Sallie 
will hunt Easter eggs. Polly sailed 
British Virgins Islands spring, '99 sur- 
vived remodeling kitchen, Scotland 
October. Children close, prospering; 
new corgi is polite to cats, devoted to 
retriever. Inspired by Sally Hamiliton 
Staub Moore, Tom's in 2nd year retire- 
ment from bank. Daughter Dabney and 
husband Francisco Gomes opened 
their own architectural firm, Raleigh. 
They bought house Charlotte, spruced 
it up, added Tom's working shop, 
moved fall. Disney World with son, 
wife, 2 grands Oct; next, Charleston 
with Bamby. |une'99, Britain; toured 
Christmas markets in Germany, Austria 
Dec. '99, with friends. Last June, Jean 
Sharland seized last "Best of Beach 
Boys," played it hours daily first week; 
continues sporadically. He's preparing 
to recycle — changes, possibilities 
ahead. Bette Hutchins Sharland spends 
hours writing minutes, may get some- 
what "wired'.' Simple "maiigroups" 
forming <> Email 
Bette! If you fear "spam," will send 
yours separately. It'd be swell to see as 
many as possible at reunion May' 01 . 
Start planning — Virginia is beautiful in 
the spring, and so are we! 


Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

President: Jocelyn Palmer Connors 
Secretary: Parry Ellice Adam 
Fund Agent: Adele Vogel Harrell 

Thank you all for your contribu- 
tions to the column. We are working 
toward more efficiency and welcome 
your input. Keeping connected, espe- 
cially at our age, is great sport! 

Juliette Anthony enjoyed seeing 
Letitia Sanders at the Bay Area SBC 
Luncheon in Dec. She is still involved 
with Sacramento for Clean Air and 
Clean Fuel and also saving the wet- 
lands. "Life is good'.' Martha Baum 
Hartmann still plays bluegrass music in 
S. Florida and is one of few women 
who play the 5-string banjo. She serves 
as a guardian ad litem in the Sarasota 
Co. Judicial System, a spin-off from her 
law practice in GA. Son Matthew grad- 
uated from Georgetown Law School 
and is working in San Francisco. 
Daughter Suzanne is in nursing school. 
Patsey Carney Reed checked in to say 
that 2 of her children are in San Fran- 
cisco and 1 in Seattle. She survived her 
60th without a flinch. Anne Dismukes 
Shephard's daughter Morrie was mar- 
ried in CT in January. Daughter Sarah 
and husband live in Durham. Anne 
and her mother went on a S. Pacific 
trip on the QE2 in Feb. Louise Durham 
Purvis and John had a visit from their 
daughter and 2 children from CO. 
Fontaine Hutter Minor and Phil are 
coming in Aug. John was elected for 
the 2nd time (after a 1 5-yr gap) to the 
European Parliament, representing all 
of Scotland. He travels each week to 
Brussels and Strasbourg. New grand- 
child arrived Jan.2. Fran Early leads a 
busy "retirement" life, primarily serving 
with the Greater Boston Interfaith 
Organization. Their focus is on obtain- 
ing affordable housing. After spending 
6 weeks on Martha's Vineyard last 

Spring/Summer 2000 • 57 

summer, her travels included Barbados 
as well as visiting friends and relatives 
around the country. Elizabeth Farmer 
Owen enjoys a happy, full life with 3 
grandchildren and extensive travel 
which retirement affords. Jean Cantt 
Nuzum and Tom went to their new 
house on Squam Lake, NH, over New 
Year's leaving more snow in Chapel 
Hill. Christine is a reporter for Dow 
lones in NYC. Henry graduated from 
Harvard and is an Olympic hopeful in 
rowing, lean continues her private 
practice in psychotherapy as well as 
managing property. Tom works harder 
than ever at UNC Hospital Med. 
School. Mig Garrity Sturr's travel busi- 
ness provides an enviable schedule. 
She had a 3 weeks cruise to N. Z., Tas- 
mania and Australia as well as trips to 
Belgium, Switzerland and the Domini- 
can Republic. Everyone, including 
Dixon's family, was with her for Christ- 
mas. E-mail for travel tips: Brooke Hamilton 
MacKinnon is retiring after 27 years of 
teaching. Daughter Katherine marries 
in Flagstaff in |uly. Brooke is looking 
forward to the carefree life. Addie 
Kamke Cook's daughter Adeline is mar- 
ried and living in Canandaigua, NY. 
Son Chris graduated from Cornell Vet- 
erinary School. Addie is teaching Eng- 
lish at a local college as well as 
painting murals and McKenzie-style 
furniture, available on the internet, loti 
Kennedy Dunn is still raising money 
for the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria 
VA as well as sculpting and painting. 
She and Stew have 6 grandchildren 
ages 7 mos. to 14. They are planning a 
trip across the US on the American ver- 
sion of the Orient Express. Ann Cai 
Meredith Hilgeman's son is a college 
senior majoring in English and Art. She 
spends most of her time with local pol- 
itics, remodeling their 100-year-old 
house, and a bit of freelance copy edit- 
ing. Anne Parker Schmalz is still 
involved in horticultural ed. and politi- 
cal activities in New Haven. She and 
Bob (on Bd. of Aldermen) moved 
across the street to a 2 family house, 
running a B&B. Paying guests leave 
when all their 4 children and grand- 
children visit. They have also traveled 
to S. Africa, India, China and Turkey. 
Anne does people-to-people work with 
Global Volunteers. Penny Powell 
Bowen lives on Whidbey Is. in NW 
WA and volunteers with a WSU Exten- 
sion program in environmental ed. Bob 
leads expeditions around the world 
which took them to NZ, Costa Rica, 
Iceland, Tahiti, Scotland and Tanzania. 
Added thrill is 10-mo old granddaugh- 
ter. Mary Jane Shroder Oliver has 
abundant good news. She took a bike 
trip along the entire West side of Lake 
Champlain. jasper was married in Oct. 
to Shelley Shreve (SBC '981. They live 
in Winchester where he teaches 5th 
grade and she is in admissions at 
Shenandoah U. Mary jane still teaches 
art at Holy Cross School and is soprano 
soloist at St. Paul's Episcopal in Lynch- 
burg. And then, in May she will marry 
lames Hubbard, an Episcopal priest, 
and move to Runson, NJ. Barbara Sub- 
lett Cuthery is busy running her com- 
pany Hydro Processing, LLC in Austin 
Tx which converts municipal sludge to 
clean water, carbon dioxide, and sand 
or silt while generating electricity. She 
has two US patents granted. Daughter 

58 • Spring/Summer 2000 

Katie joined the company in '98 head- 
ing financial reporting and investor 
relations. Barbara serves on boards of 
the Texas Business School and the Col- 
lege of Pharmacy at U. of Texas. Adeie 
Vogel Harrell reports the arrival of 4th 
grandchild on 2/5 in CT. Daughter 
Logan was married to John MacKethan 
on 1 0/1 6. Adele and Parker continue 
to work hard and play hard. The two 
geriatric Adams spend much time 
maintaining a very geriatric house 
while still happily working. First grand- 
child, daughter of Gladden '90, is a 
joy. Aubrey '89 continues running 
marathons for Memorial Sloan-Ketter- 
ing. We attend them all, next stop Nor- 
way in July. 

And lastly, it is with great sadness I 
report the passing of Eve Pringle Boyd 
in 10/99. We extend our sincere sym- 
pathy to her family. 


Presidents: Nancy Gillies and Claire 
Hughes Knapp 
Secretary: Virginia deBuys 
Fund Agent: Lee Huston Carroll 

Your multimedia response was ter- 
rific! You told of great joy as well as 
sorrow, many of you losing a parent or 
changing your lives to care for one. To 
all of you, we send a hug and our 
heartfelt sympathy. And to all who cel- 
ebrated their 35th wedding anniver- 
sary, 35 gold stars! (For your news in 
your own words, please browse our 
website: And 
now, Anne Booth has big news! She 
married Robert Hauser 1 0/3/98. She 
guesses she's a "late bloomer" A num- 
ber of you enjoyed getting together. 
During a golfing trip to Scotland, Sally 
Gump Berryman and Doc enjoved an 
evening in London with Stuart Baldwin 
Osmond. "She is so lovely! We're just 
so sad about her husband Andrew's 
death last spring" Vera LeCraw Cara- 
vaillo and Philippe had a reunion in 
Paris with Susie Glasgow Brown and 
Allen (after 34 years!). Dottie Norris 
Schipper, Fran Hanahan and Caroline 
Keller Theus got together for hikes on 
the trails around Caroline's house in 
Cashiers, LA. At our 40th reunion. Dot- 
tie says she is "going to make all three 
of my tall sons appear so as not to be 
outdone bv Margaret Street Wilson!" 
Donna VanArsdale Jones reports that 
she and Gail Rothrock Trozzo and 
their spouses had a mar\'elous time 
over dinner in May. Linda Overly Lev- 
engood has a son at home in tenth 
grade and two in college, a daughter at 
Davidson and a son at the College of 
Santa Fe. Wendy Thomas Melvin 
enjoys tutoring and coaching, playing 
tennis and golf, and is also president of 
her community association. Edi Lasher 
Birch and husband Elton are enjoying 
their grandchildren. Mason and Sydney 
Katherine. Edi builds homes with Habi- 
tat for Humanity and tutors at an inner 
city school. Marsh Metcalf Seymour 
has retired and is in training as a 
docent at the Freer/Sackler Galleries 
(Smithsonian's Museum of Asian Art). 
She's painting, travelling, and a new 
grandmother. After teaching intensive 
Italian this summer, Susie Jahn Mancini 
is teaching two courses and looking for 
a vacation! While working as an insur- 
ance agent, Barbara Little Chuko vol- 

unteers at Planned Lifetime Assistance 
Network (PLAN), a service organiza- 
tion for mentally and disablea persons 
whose families or caregivers can't pro- 
vide care. Gerry Bailey went to Greece 
last fall for six weeks and now may 
teach French, or English in Greece. 
Meanwhile, she writes "blues" songs, 
sings, and is learning electric guitar. 
And we have news trom our authors. 
Angle Whaley LeClercq is director of 
libranes at The Citadel, in Charleston, 
SC. She has a new book from U. of SC 
Press (pub. date 2000) titled. Between 
North and South: the Letters of Emilv 
Wharton Sinkler, 1842-1865. Kancy 
Lynah Hood has a new book. Literary 
Oxford in Old Photographs ( 
12/99) "It was great fun tracking down 
contemporary photographs of the 
haunts of Thomas Hardy, Oscar Wilde, 
Dvlan Thomas.. .and all the locations 
for Brideshcad Revisited'.' Tappy Lynn 
and husband are in Lynchburg at her 
mother's place or in New Haven work- 
ing on a book for Yale's 300th anniver- 
sary on Yale and New Haven's 
Architecture and Planning or, in the 
spring, teaching at the U. of Miami. 
Nancy Hall Green and Holcombe con- 
tinue to enjoy their home in Provence 
where they celebrated Holcombe's 
60th birthday. Between trips, Nancy 
continues to work for Sweet Briar as a 
member of the Board and to chair The 
Lacoste School for the Arts in France. 
Diane Hatch is retiring from teaching 
in June (after 30 years) and looking for- 
ward to travelling to Turkey. Libby Kop- 
per Schollaert has enjoyed "two 
weddings and a trip!' Her son Chris 
married in September and daughter 
Stephanie married in May wearing 
Libby 's wedding dress. Her trip took 
her to Senegal tor five weeks to study 
African French literature. Rosamond 
Sample Brown continues to lobby the 
US Congress inside the beltway. Genie 
Johnson Sigler has been doing geneo- 
logical research for the Colonial 
Dames and plans to drive through Vir- 
ginia and "meet" her ancestors, so to 
speak! Kit Snow Laudati enjoys her 
three children, two sons, one teaching 
and the other coaching, and a daughter 
in graduate school. Betsy Pidgeon 
Parkinson administers a small private 
foundation and is a Stephen Minister at 
her church. Penny Writer Theis 
became a grandmother, daughter Gin- 
ger graduated from law school, and 
son Tim was married in July. Sheila 
Carroll Cooprider and Chuck have 
moved to Fredericksburg, VA where 
Sheila is discerning her next place of 
ordained ministry. Her sister Kathryn 
(Kathy) '66, also an Episcopal priest, 
celebrated the marriage of Sheila's 
daughter, Kathryn, to Roger Gass. Mol- 
lie Johnson Nelson is planning to come 
back as an Italian in her next life. She 
made hvo trips to Italy this year and 
went on the SBC trip to Scotland in 
August with daughter Cynthia (and 
Sheila Carroll Cooprider). "It was well 
planned, very educational, and good 
company!" Son Alan has moved to 
Charlotte to further his acting ambi- 
tions and Cynthia is now at U.T Kitty 
Griffith and Mike have bought a house 
in Stamford, CT where she is SE Super- 
visor at Stamford's public library. 

Grace Mary Oates and Wally went 
to the Rhineland (Charlemagne's cathe- 
dral at .Aachen a highlight) and then to 

Norway. They flew into the Arctic Cir- 
cle (to Tromso) and then went by ship 
down Norway's coast, where they saw 
the Midnight Sun. Claire Hughes 
Knapp spent a day in Annapolis with 
the father of "Fiscal Federalism" and 
his wife, our own Grace Mary Garry 
Oates. The guestroom has been 
renamed in Claire's honor due to her 
frequent visits mo donations required). 
Tina Patterson Murray is studying con- 
stantly for her Phd and teaching over 
100 students at John Jay College. 
Leezee Scott Porter spent the summer 
with her daughter Erin and family on 
Martha's Vineyard. Her furniture leas- 
ing company is 25 years old 
(www.antiqueleasing.comi. MC Elmore 
Harrell has returned to public account- 
ing and joined a Salisbury MD firm. 
Allison Jennings McCance had great 
fun coordinating volunteer activity for 
the Ryder Cup golf tournament in 
Boston. From Baltimore, Susan Dwelle 
Baxter and Lee Huston Carroll thought 
we looked wondertul at reunion and 
were handling our lives well. I agree! 
Keep in touch! ^^^ 


President: Sarah Porter Boehmler 
Secretary: Harriet Wall Martin 
Fund Agent: Jean Shaw Byrne 

I hereby give up on correct verb 
tenses of deferred news, your irregular 
handwritings, and wanting to unearth 
more about your lives. I hear hints of 
discovery, pleasure, achievement per- 
plexity. Forthwith the captive 1 000 
words: Mai Leslie Welch manied IBM 
chief pilot Bill Costa 1/99, remaining in 
Riverside CT for job commutes. As a 
sales development director for TIME, 
Mai has responsibility for the mature 
market and says, "We are a fascinating 
demographic!" Daughter Leslie, in 
Atlanta advertising, married her college 
sweetheart, a lawyer. Married son Rob- 
bie lives in Brooklyn Heights. Leslie 
Smith and husband Joe Goulden, mar- 
ried 21 years, live in DC. Leslie is a 
former lawyer. Her legal search com- 
pany is 5 blocks from home. She sees 
other thriving classmates: Janet West 
Garrett, Astrid Previtali Baillou, Molly 
Poole Wolfe, Polly jose Earl. Travelers 
Brookie Patterson Mahlstedt (Israel, 
Egypt, Kenya) is renovating her new 
San Diego house; Traylor Rucker 
(church trip to Italy to study St. Augus- 
tine and St. Francis! enjoyed Anne 
Clark Mensini on the SB(i Salzburg 
trip. The end of a second marriage and 
the millennium brought important 
changes for Sallie Mullins Thompson. 
"Happy, healthy, and contented" in 
Houston, she is "still" working on her 
MBA while a self-employed consultant 
for business management and financial 
planning to small businesses. Daughter 
Kathryn, MBA Georgetown, is an ana- 
lyst with the Office of Management 
and Budget overseeing legislation relat- 
ing to Veteran Affairs and Federal Per- 
sonnel. Sally McCrady Hubbard 
announces her family's survival of "its 
heavy-duty commitment" to the '99 
Tanqueray American AIDS Rides, rais- 
ing much money (thanks partly to 
many classmates). Sally crewed for CA 
and Washington DC; her daughter and 
son between them hiked about 3000 
miles. Son and his wife expect her first 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

grandchild In Houston. Sons ol Mary 
K. Lee McDonald and lohn moved 
westward, lohn III to Seattle with 
Microsoft; Bryan to UC-lrvine for a 
Ph.D. in Social Ecology (and Sept. mar- 
riage in lA to Kate Merkel-Hess, Yale 
'99). Their parents remain in Richmond 
to toil in the real estate boom. Judy 
Howe Behn and Bob (Sanford Institute 
of Public Policv-Dukel split time 
between NC and Rl; son Mark contin- 
ues his MIT thesis, "modeling how the 
tectonic plates move beneath the 
ocean" Laura Haskell Phinlzy reports a 
fast pace as "licensed" assistant (for 
"pick and shovel work") in husband 
Stewart's real estate business. Daughter 
Louise lives at home; married daugh- 
ters Laura and Marian live in great 
places to visit: DC and St. Simons 
Island, CA. Mary K. Pederson Kyger 
and Ross enjoy his new ranch in South 
TX. She became grandmother to 
daughter Caroline Mitchell's March 
baby and groom's mother for son Chris 
Boone's April wedding; Ross IV is a 
student at Texas A&M. Dabney 
Williams McCoy anticipates grand- 
motherhood via law student son Chris, 
27. Son Tim, 31, is a Richmond broker, 
and daughter Catherine, 21, is a 
Dean's tisler, UNC-Chapel Hill, Sara- 
lynn McAfee Smith and Hamp, Dodge 
City, KS residents, became '99 grand- 
parents to Sierra LaShaye Martinez, via 
their daughter Laura. Son Robbie is a 
h.s. soph. Sherry Bradford Christhilf, 
grandmother of 4 and art consultant in 
Baltimore, "still takes art courses" Chil- 
dren include a restaurant owner, stock- 
broker, banker, and employee of Stags 
Leap Cellars in Napa. Her husband is 
CEO of Investment Counselors of MD. 
Linda Schwaab Hodges remains on the 
farm, recently serving as dog-rescuer in 
the NC flood. Farm maintenance, 
teaching school, area arts/activities, 
and first grandchild, daughter 
Rebecca's baby, constitute diligent liv- 
ing (clearly no time to remove abun- 
dant dog hair in her car, which 
attached to my chic coat). Maybe son 
Marcus will return to NC from Ten- 
nessee as a family practitioner; daugh- 
ter Samantha pursues her study of 
lapanese. Kathleen Watson Taylor 
relates daughter Anne's marriage to 
Rob Baxter. In Raleigh, NC Anne 
teaches preschool; Rob recruits for 
TechSystems. Son Carney has a 
Nephrology fellowship at Vanderbilt; 
Selden graduates from VMI with a civil 
engineering degree and graduate 
school plans. While husband Marshall 
considers retirement, Kathleen leads 
Bible studies and balances gardening, 
piano, and dealing with joint prob- 
lems! Belle Williams Smith reports that 
Ph.D. daughter Elizabeth became 
"Mrs." 11/99 to Denis Rouselle in New 
Orleans (where she teaches at Xavier). 
At the wedding was Elizabeth's god- 
mother, Alice Haywood Robbins, head 
of the upper O'Neal School in South- 
ern Pines, NC. Daughter Mason con- 
tinues with Sotheby's; son Ware III is at 
UVA. Brenda Muhlinghaus Barger 
continues her weekly newspaper col- 
umn in Davidson. Son jack (Feroni of 
Italy) and wife Rachel (The Parrish 
School) work in Houston. Daughter 
Kate is "pigging, cowing, and chicken- 
ing" at NCSU Vet School. Emily keeps 
order in Hewitt-Atlanta, and son Sam is 
wowing the population of Santiago, 

Chile. Magda Salvesen, NYC art histo- 
rian, sent wonderful news about her 
projects to coincide with the '99 publi- 
cation of her late husband's autobiog- 
raphy: Ion Schueler: The Sound of 
Sleat: A Painter's Life. In addition to 
numerous slide lectures and book talks, 
Magda directed "A Life in Painting," a 
video accompanying the SBC-organ- 
ized exhibition "Jon Schueler: About 
the Sky!' Following the SBC venue, the 
exhibition began an extensive national 
tour! Magda was alumna in residence 
at SBC 9/99. Betsy Benoit Hoover is a 
Licensed Clinical Social Worker at 
Denver's Samaritan Counseling Center, 
where she teaches classes and work- 
shops. Husband George is chair of 
Architecture DepL UCO and a practic- 
ing architect. Her daughter Melinda, 
already a UCLA law grad, is a third- 
year medical student at CU! Step- 
daughters are Melinda, 
musician-composer in London, and 
Rani, hotel manager, Telluride, CO. 
Betsy lives successfully with Hepatitis 
C and is "doing well after surgery for 
breast cancer two years ago!' Both my 
children, survivors of my erratic moth- 
ering, have graduate degrees, are 
splendidly married, are fixated on their 
pound-rescued animals, and will be 
kind to me when my husband transfers 
his countless activities to this "home 


President: Judith Bensen Stigle 

Secretary: Diane Dalton 

Fund Agent: Sally Twedell Bagley 

Best wishes to Emily Chenoweth 

Steedman who married her friend, 
Billy, in 9/25 in Rabun County, GA 
where they became reacquainted after 
40 years. Emily's 3 daughters were 
attendants. Emily and Bill will divide 
time between CA and FL. Peggy 
Pittman Patterson is Dean of the Epis- 
copal Cathedral in Wilmington DF and 
looks forward to a 3-month sabbatical 
in Santa Fe in spring. In April, she offi- 
ciated at her daughter's wedding. Lynn 
Lyie survived hurricane Floyd and trav- 
eled to Jackson Hole, the Tetons and 
Yellowstone. In addition to elementar\' 
school counseling, she's taking swing 
dancing classes. Mary Sabra Gillespie 
Monroe continues teaching. Daughter, 
Anne, is a research assistant for Cornell 
Clinical Trials Unit in NYC, and Alison 
is teaching English while her husband 
is studying law at William and Mary. 
Lynn Gullett Strazzini hopes for a fed- 
eral buyout/earlyout opportunity so she 
can stop commuting from Char- 
lottesville to her F/\A job and enjoy 
catching up on "home-type" projects. 
Nancy IVtcLean Parker and Geoff live 
in Alexandria with a niece and assorted 
animals. Daughter, Purceli, had a son, 
Parker, born 2/27/99. Their other 
daughter, son and his wife all live in 
NYC. Nancy is an agent for Portrait 
Brokers of America. Glory McRae 
Bowen traveled with the Morris Con- 
servatory Touring Choir to England, 
Wales and Ireland last summer. Daugh- 
ter, Glo, is Assistant Director at NTs 
Bickford Theatre. Son, Hardy started at 
Vassar and T.|. is a hs freshman. Before 
leaving for a quick trip to Paris, Carroll 
Randolph Barr reports she had a busy 
summer in Ml with teenagers and loves 
the changes at Blessed Sacrament 

Huguenot. She's teaching journalism, 
coaching girls' tennis and doing devel- 
opment and alumni work. Mike is busy 
with real estate and golf. Michael )r. is 
with Prudential Securities in NYC, and 
Angus is a freshman at Barton College. 
Carroll sees Mary Bell Timberlake, 
Wayte and their son's family at VA 
football games. Lou and Sandi Hoag 
Ippolito nave been happily married for 
i2 years with 4 children and 2 grand- 
children. Son, Rusty, received an Oscar 
for his computer art on Titanic. They 
now live on a 27-acre farm near the 
Appalachian Trail in VA. Their 
youngest is training her 5-yr. old 
hunter/jumper and showing horses. 
Mellie Hickey Nelson is busy at the 
lustice Department. Son, Gunner, who 
took his first steps at our 1 5th reunion, 
has started Weber State U in Ogden, 
Ul Mellie saw Pat Neithold Hertzberg 
and Lynn Frazier Gas who look won- 
derful. Kim Waters Keriakos sees Pat 
regularly at church where Kim and Van 
are very active. They took their 1 2-year 
old granddaughter to Greece and 
Turkey visiting Van's family and biblical 
and ancient sights. They welcomed a 
new granddaughter in Oct. Baird Shin- 
berger Bell is still inspired each time 
she walks into the classroom to teach. 
She enjoys her garden and quilting. Bill 
has a consulting firm. Older son, 
David, graduated from UVA and is a 
first year resident at Walter Reed. Steve 
is doing AIDS research while consider- 
ing biochemistry or filmmaking for 
graduate school. Stephanie Ewalt Cole- 
man's eldest son was married in Rich- 
mond in August, her middle son is 
working for the Harrisonburg, VA paper 
and her youngest is doing well as a hs 
senior. Stephanie's back continues to 
give her problems in spite of surgery 
last summer and her husband recently 
broke his ankle. June 2000 will mark 
30 years in VA public schools, 28 
teaching kindergarten for Molly Ran- 
dolph. She writes that 5 yr. olds have 
not significantly changed over the 
years, but our expectations of them 
have with a much more academic 
atmosphere. Paul and Adele Laslie 
Kellman are empty nesters with a sen- 
ior at Kenyon College and daughter 
starting Northwestern. Adele is an actu- 
ary with ASA, a spin off from AT&T. As 
she and Paul think about retirement, or 
career *3, Adele would like a volun- 
teer or paid position related to improv- 
ing educational opportunities for those 
with fewer advantages. Hallie Darby 
Smith is off to England and Italy in part 
to continue her study of the Blooms- 
bury Group. Judy Schlatter Fogle is 
painting furniture for her new niece. 
Older son, an orthopedic resident at 
Emory U, is engaged to a medical stu- 
dent, and her younger son is with Sun- 
Trust and helping to start an 
e-commerce fund. Her blonde daugh- 
ter is at UGA. Vicky Baker spent part 
of last summer at the East-West Center 
in Honolulu attending the program on 
Indian Culture and Society, and the rest 
in southeastern Africa: Mozambique, 
Swaziland, South Africa and Lesotho. 
She received a Rotary Teaching Schol- 
arship to teach anthropology at the 
University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, for 
part of her sabbatical in 00-01 . Barbara 
Annan completed her doctorate in 
Depth Psychology and has a private 
practice in AL. In June she went to 

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Turkey to document traditional 
Ottoman houses as part of a study to 
preserve historical architecture. Ginny 
Carpenter Delgado will remain in 
Madrid following the death of her hus- 
band, Rafael. While her son was at sea 
with the Spanish Navy, she and her 
daughter-in-law visited the US and 
Ginny caught up on 30 years of news 
with Ann Denton Wells. This year they 
all vacationed in CO with Ginny's sis- 
ter. In Madrid, she keeps busy riding 
daily, swimming and seeing friends. 
Ginny Stanley Douglas and Bill have a 
wonderful new house with a big library 
for their books, a guest cottage, and 
large garden. Their daughter and son- 
in-Taw moved just 4 blocks away. Patty 
Stetson Agnew is running a sheep and 
cattle ranch in MT, raising money for 
cystic fibrosis research and head of 
Women of the Wild West, . Her 
youngest son is at Chapel Hill, and 
Patty visits NC frequently. Julie Bodin 
Converse's son, Mark, is getting mar- 
ried in Nov. in Nashville where he is a 
doctor at Vanderbilt. Melissa Sanders 
Thomas and Barbie Tillman Kelley will 
attend the wedding. Younger son, 
Chris, is in his final year of Law at 
UVA. Julie works in an interior design 
office, plays tennis, and takes exercise 
and art classes. Barb Tillman Kelley is 
in her 22nd year bringing art to Birm- 
ingham schoolchildren. She directs 
summer arts camps at the Museum of 
Art. Son, Trey and Carlton enjoy back 
packing in the Smokies. Melissa 
Sanders Thomas and Boyce spent 2 
weeks in southern France receiving 
degrees from U of Wine in Suze-Le- 
Rousse. She is grandmother to James 
Hunt Thomas born 9/ 9 who is "obvi- 
ously quite gifted'.' She and Kay Trog- 
don Hightower enjoy finding bargains 
at the Atlanta flea market. Lindsay 
Smith Newsom writes that Sue Morck 
Perrin celebrated her birthday at her 
Pawleys Island home with husband. 
Bill, Page Monroe Renger, Wes and 
Sally Haskell Richardson, Randy 
Brown, and Mac and Lindsay. David 
and Gretchen Bullard Barber visited 
Raleigh where daughter, Wray, made 
her debut. Eleanor Crossley is enjoying 
retirement, plaving tennis and travel to 
Nova Scotia. She and Jim have a home 
in FL and sail in Tampa Bay. Bill and 
Judy Hay Speary are fully retired and 
when they are not sailing through the 
Caribbean, home is on 87 acres on top 
of a mountain in south central PA. 
They plan to stay in Trinidad through 
Carnival where Judy wants to play in 
the pan band again. They are grand- 
parents of twin girls born in March. Jill 
Berguido Gill reports that water from 
her duck pond and heavy mulches of 
compost from their horses saved her 
garden during the summer drought. 
Bruce and |ill are empty nesters now 
that Tim is off to a good start at Drexel. 
Bruce was busy with the 9th Harriton 
Plantation Fair. Anne Carr Bingham 
graduated in May completing studies 
she started at SBC in '63. Now she's off 
to Wesleyan U in a masters program. 
She and Kim enjoy singing in the 
church choir and with the Anglican 
Singers. Son, Robert is a dancer and 
yoga teacher in NYC, and daughter 
Alexandra is the mother of 4. Mary 
Cary Ambler is a learning specialist at 
Convent of the Sacred Heart where 

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daughter laqueline is a senior. John is 
at UVA, CFO of the Student Govern- 
ment and representative of the Jefferson 
Society living in Room 7 West Lawn, 
where Judy Powell Martin's husband 
lived. )udi Bensen Stigle is playing 
golf — trying for another hole in one. 
She's President of Ladies Assoc and 
working 1 5 hours a week. )udi visited 
Bonnie Blew Pierie in Venice, FL and 
saw Gracey Stoddard and her family 
this summer. Pam Ford Kelley is busy 
with 4 editions of Rue de France cata- 
log. Brendan has an ad agency in 
Boston. They enjoy sailing and racing. 
Linda Fite is on the "culture team" for 
her paper and interviewing artists like 
Chuck Mangione. Life after Marvel 
Comics finds Flerb teaching art to 7 & 
8 graders. They have 2 kids in college 
and one working on a career as a pop 
star. I'm busy with theater and SBC. 
Email, or drop 
a line. I'll give you the details that did- 
n't fit in. 


President: Martha Bennett Pritchett 
Secretary: Lynne Gardner Detmer 
Fund Agents: Barbara |ohnson Prick- 
ett, Ann Peterson Griffin 

Thanks to all who shared news. I 
wish the alumnae magazine had no 
space constraints! I am sorry to report 
the deaths of Ruth (Coo) Prettyman 
Irvin in 4/99, and Andrea Walker Rice 
in 1/00. 

Christina Bacchiani Schieffelin still 
loves TX, especially the climate. She 
sees "wonderful" Ann Peterson Griffin 
every so often. Barbara Baur Dunlap 
and Charlie "look forward to catching 
up to the lifestyle of the rest of you" 
after their youngest, Molly, goes to 
Pepperdine next fall. Robin was mar- 
ried in '99; and Hollywoulds, Holly's 
shoes and purses, are selling at 
Bergdorfs and around the country. Les- 
ley Bissell Floopes and Toby visited 
their daughter Elliott during her fall 
semester in Florence, Italy. Lesley took 
on a 2-year stint as Tour Director at the 
Metropolitan Museum. She's had some 
good visits with Lynne Gardner Det- 
mer and Janie Johnson Stanek. Andy 
Beerman Sonfield continues as a 
Stephen minister and "loves her Com- 
munity Bible Study" while also work- 
ing at her furniture store 6 days a 
week. Stephanie Bredin Speakman was 
featured in our alumnae magazine in 
"The International Side of Sweet Briar," 
along with Libby Harvey. Besides 
being a grandmother, Stephanie is a 
freelance travel writer for The New 
York Times, writing several articles for 
their Sophisticated Traveler on adven- 
tures in Australia. Her latest describes 
her experiences aboard a training ship, 
a 16-sail barkentine. She also produced 
a documentary. Ride to Snowy River. 
She continues on SBC's Board of 
Directors. Melinda Brown Everett cele- 
brates 10 years being breast cancer 
free. She and her husband, Vincent 
Kiosk celebrated the Year 2000 in 
Santa Fe. Melinda changed jobs and is 
now the Media/PR Director for the 
New England Anti-Vivisection Society 
(NEAS), one of the country's oldest ani- 
mal rights organizations. She feels "this 
is the work [she] was meant to do all 
along!" She gets together with Phoebe 
Brunner Peacock several times a year. 

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Phoebe moved back into DC after her 
twin girls went away to college. She 
remains at the Library of Congress as 
the Main Reading Room Reference 
Librarian, and uses her Latin major as 
the Library's "recommending" (i.e. pur- 
chasing) officer for classics. Courtney 
Cash Mustin says, "I am so glad to be 
on the list of the Class of 1 968, for that 
is where my heart is!" Courtney now 
has 3 transportation companies: 
TransLink (iorp (mass transit), Gulf- 
stream Limousine Co., and Metropoli- 
tan Taxicab Co. She spent Christmas at 
the Greenbrier in WV, "as far away as 
we can wander now!' Percy Clarke 
Gwinn and Michael are building a 
detached "city home" (zero lot line) in 
Alexandria. The Beehive now has a 
Web site. Percy saw LIbby Harvey, 
"who looks great, and is in love'.' Percy 
has also spent time with Ann Peterson 
Griffin in DC and TX, and with Martha 
Bennett Pritchett in NC. Katherine 
Cooley Maher is retired for now, hav- 
ing left her job at St. Luke's 6/99. Son 
Colby is in his 2nd year of Neuro- 
surgery residency, and son Alexander is 
a realtor in Jackson Hole, WY, special- 
izing in fly fishing properties. Cherry 
Dean Gallagher and Dan have "moved 
to a new phase in life — new home, 
new setting on Amelia Island, FL, lots 
of adventurous travel and best of all: 
grandchildren" Suzanne Edinger Boas 
saw Julie Siebels Northup at a New 
Year's party. Julie is an associate with a 
large law firm in Atlanta. Suzanne and 
Rob are "enjoying our empty nest" 
Yours truly, Lynne Gardner Detmer, 
continues to enjoy family, her 
jewelry/craft business, singing with the 
Williamsburg Choral Guild, gardening, 
traveling (a cruise from Nice to Athens 
in 5/00, as well as a barge trip in 
France last summer), and friends. Libby 
Harvey, president and CEO of Alpha 
Chemical and Biotechnical Laborato- 
ries, was also in the alumnae maga- 
zine. Her latest e-mail says, "Alpha 
Labs was recently acquired by a fabu- 
lous high-tech international lab group 
(Eurofins Scientific) that specializes in 
analysis of food, beverages, and dietary 
supplements. In 4/00, John FitzCerald 
(fiance and partner in adventure) and I 
travel to Germany and France to visit 
sister Eurofins labs. I am the only 
female president in the entire network 
of 21 labs in the Eurofins Scientific 
Group, and I intend to make a differ- 
ence! After a week of business, and a 
visit with Sophie Mackenzie Belouet in 
Paris, we will drive through the Bor- 
deaux region to southern France for 
vacation, including a barge/bicycle 
tour along the Canal du Midi!' Pem- 
broke Herbert Kyle reports, "I feel 
blessed with two sons in college, a lov- 
ing husband and great friends. That 
balances the pain of aging parents, and 
friends whose courage in the face of 
adversity shows me how much I still 
have to learn'.' Conover Hunt contin- 
ues to work nationally as a museum 
planner. Lizzie Miller Green, Lorna 
Allen Sorley, and Suzanne Little Jones 
came for a reunion weekend at her 
"beautiful spot at Caddo Lake" in 
northeast TX. Jacky Israel Blakeslee 
and Peter live in Hot Springs, AR. Jacky 
worked in a Center for Developmen- 
tally Delayed Children and Adults, but 
retired to become a full time grand- 
mother of 3, traveling often to see 

them, their 2 daughters and their son. 
Jennie Lyons Fogarty had wonderful 
times with Ann Peterson Griffin and 
Celia Newburg Steingold during the 
marriage of Jennie's daughter, Kate, 
1 0/99. Her oldest daughter, Anne, mar- 
ries in spring, 2000. Pamela 
McConnell Ferrante was married to 
Robert, a journalist and news producer, 
9/99. Pamela Browning Durrant and 
Kristin Kuhns Alex Andre attended her 
wedding. Four of her essays came out 
in the book. Living on the Margins: 
Women Writers on Breast Cancer. She 
is editing a book, doing writing work- 
shops, and some of her own writing. 
Penny Oliver Hawkins continues work- 
ing at U.S. Bank, and the family enjoys 
their cabin near Yellowstone in the 
summer. Ann Peterson Griffin reports 
that Jennie Lyons Fogarty "is a great 
mom, and was a super MOB [mother 
of the bridej as well!' Catherine Porter 
continues as a tax lawyer/ lobbyist in 
DC. Her husband, Jim Fuller, is a part- 
ner at Williams&Connolly. Their 
daughter, Terrell attends the Madeira 
School. Jeannie Preston Jacobs is "just 
glad to be alive after the Athens earth- 
quake last Sept'.' She and Steve have 
traveled to The Netherlands, Paris, 
Mexico, Rhodes, and Istanbul where 
he demonstrates laparoscopic donor 
nephrectomies, leannie continues 
singing with the Baltimore Symphony 
Chorus and "stays busy" with the Sym- 
phony Associates' fundraisers. Pem- 
broke Reed Hoffmier is very involved 
in her church and volunteers with bat- 
tered women and children. She has 
"changed exercises from jogging to 
walking, from tennis to yoga'.' She still 
skis and loves gardening. Pembroke is 
taking continuing education courses at 
William & Mary. Emmy Savage moved 
to Chestertown on Maryland's Eastern 
Shore where she has a painting and 
teaching studio. She works part time in 
a chronic pain clinic in Dover, DE as a 
neuromuscular therapist. She says, "I 
love it here, and have made many 
friends who are artists" Amy Thompson 
McCandless and Peter are "both teach- 
ing in the honors and graduate pro- 
grams as well as in the history dept. 
and are serving on more College com- 
mittees and community boards than 
should be humanly possible" Amy's 
book. The Past in the Present: The 
Higher Education of Women in the 
Twentieth-Century American South, 
was published in '99. Amy goes again 
this summer to England where she will 
teach a class on Royal Britain. Michal 
Twine is working with clients in 
Boston, San Francisco, Vero Beach, 
and other spots, including some inter- 
national. She tries to fit in some skiing, 
and plans a trip to Cost Rica in 3/00. 
Suzanne Torgan Weston reports no 
changes: "I'm still doing rocket flight 
software testing; Steve is renovating a 
1 00-year-old house; and we are both 
still touring on BMW motorcycles." 
Carol Vontz Miller is enjoying super- 
vising (instead of actually building) a 
new stone barn/guesthouse on their 
farm. She says, "Being a grandma is the 
best job I ever had!" Connie Williams 
de Bordenave and Tad plan to move 
into a smaller house with room for 
guests/family once their youngest goes 
to college next year. She is "transition- 
ing from jewelry to two dimensional 
artwork, hoping to use it to help Tad in 

his mission work around the world" 
Betsy Wolfe works full time for the 
Infant-Parent Program in the Dept. of 
Psychiatry at UCSF and loves it. Ed and 
she are "off to wherever the snow is 
good" whenever they can. Marshalyn 
Yeargin-Allsopp reports that she is still 
at CDC Atlanta, and Ralph is still in 
private practice as a clinical psycholo- 

Keep the news ftowing among you! 


Presidents: M.J. Hipp Brock & Katie 

McCardell Webb 

Secretary: Kate Schlech 

Fund Agents: Kathy Barnes Hendricks 

& Carey Cleveland Swan 

Space limits tighter than ever — no 
room for wit, wisdom or creativity if 
I'm to include husbands and kids. Wel- 
come to the many first-time writers! 
Not surprisingly, the biggest response 
came from the History buffs. Betsy 
Edwards Anderson, still in Charlotte, 
wistfully reports that 2 of her 3 
nestlings have flown the coop to pur- 
sue careers, leaving just Caroline to fin- 
ish h.s. Like many in our class, Betsy is 
also learning to care for an aging par- 
ent, her mother, who had a major 
stroke. Jane Lewis Seaks also checked 
in from NC where Terry is prof, emeri- 
tus at UNC-G'boro (and a museum 
volunteer) and Jane runs to keep up 
with Libby's scout troop. Put Mundy 
Ebinger was reorganized out of a job 
after 20 years as dean and prof, at 
Georgetown's Foreign Service School. 
Their loss, but while she's job hunting, 
Put and Charley have become traveling 
fools — Nantucket and drinking/hiking 
their way through Italy. Bonnie Palmer 
McCloskey, still in CO, is building a 
vacation home in Kauai in between 
running the family biz, serving on a 
plethora of boards and teaching an 
ethics seminar with Tom at Notre 
Dame. The 4 kids thrive (one post- 
grad, two in college, one prep, and 
tons of bills). Pat Swinney KauAman is 
in her fifth year on the NY State Film 
Commission, Lloyd is filmmaking and 
writing, and the two youngest are still 
at home, dancing and piano-ing their 
way around NY(2. Pat's oldest, Lily 
Hayes, has escaped to the heaven she 
calls Duke U. Katy Lou Warren Towers 
had fab trips to South Africa, Botswana, 
Zimbabwe, Israel, Jordan, and Quebec. 
She also got to visit with Mary Jo 
Petree Murphy at MJ's new Kiawah 
Island vacation abode. Kitty Litchfield 
Seale's two kids' new spouses meet 
with her approval. Kitty is still on the 
Bd of Regional Dance America and art 
director of her own troupe, Alabama 
Dance Theatre, whose success K 
directly attributes to her Aints and 
Asses career. 

Much mail too from the Art Histori- 
ans. Page Kjellstrom managed trips to 
Ireland, England and Italy, but still 
found time to buy a home and get 
caught up with Sydney McCampbell 
Glass (visiting Page on Nantucket), 
Louise Bilbro Connell (in NYC with 
Arab Banking Corp.), and Lorie Harris 
Amass (still consulting in special events 
planning). Julie Northrup was headed 
for Germany in Oct. to attend the Elite 
Hanoverian Auction (huh?) in Verden. 
Kathy Potterfield, who manages Acute 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • wwvi' 

Care Therapies at Charleston (VWA) 
Med. Ctr., tries to cope with the latest 
health care challenges, mainly finan- 
cial. She cruised to AK and visited fam- 
ilv in Holden Beach and Edisto. Betty 
Rau Santandrea still runs the senior 
center and Meals-on-Wheels in Pitts- 
t'ield, NH. Good news — Bob got his 
MA and |D as a patent atty; bad 
news — his law firm is in NC, so Betty 
is expecting to relocate when the last 
of the litter. Matt, finishes h.s. in June. 
After 15 years, Suzy Yates Cahill still 
loves doing special events planning for 
Brandeis. She had a great weekend in 
Chapel Hill with Betty Brewer Caugh- 
man and sees Katie Harris now and 
again zipping through Boston on biz. 
(Their respective daughters are e-mail 

Among the sociologists, Candace 
Buker Chang has survived a year of 
major renovation on a dilapidated 
Boston "triple decker" house she 
bought with 3 friends to convert into 
condos. Both kids have settled in VA. 
Candace saw both )o Shaw Robinson 
and Jane Gott in 1999. Fran Griffith 
Laserson still loves Moodys and her 
fund-raising activities (with Steve) for 
Princeton and Brearly. Her daughter, 
Galen (wearing an SBC T-shirt) 
bumped into the daughter of another 
SBC'er (Margaret Hayes, 72) on a 
wilderness trip to WY. In VA, Sue Hol- 
brook Daly is pulling back from full- 
time real estate so she has more time to 
travel with Skip and golf. Andrea is a 
Richmond CPA, and Stephanie is at 
W&L law. A big change for Mimi 
Moore who sold the farm, abandoned 
her cows and horses, and is building a 
home in the forest. Honest! Daphne's 
at Blair Acad, and Adam is a 7th 

Three of our mathematicians: Betty 
Glass Smith is sick of Y2K consulting 
and can't wait for 1999 to finish. Her 
brood is well, with the two chickadees 
still in the nest at a Richmond military 
school. Fran Gravely sent lots of 
largely illegible news, but near as I can 
tell, she and Haig are still building the 
replacement home for the one that 
burned down. Fran wrote more about 
the construction crew's idiosyncrasies 
than about Lee and Susan's college 
achievements. Fran also dines and 
trades e-mail jokes with another math 
major, Kay Parham Picha. In Houston, 
Kathie Kraemer Quayle and Wayne 
struggle to keep up with the 3 kids, 
Patrick at Rice, Lisa at USNA, and |ef- 
frey, a h.s. soph., all champion swim- 

The foreign language mavens: 
Kristin Herzog (German) has a new job 
designing publications for LI. of FL's biz 
school and hopes to get into web 
design. Of the two francophiles, Deb- 
bie )ones (whom I saw briefly in DC) 
and John bought property in ME to 
retire on the Union River Bay over- 
looking Mt. Desert Island when the 
time comes. Kathy Barnes Hendricks' 
famous never-finished log cabin passed 
various almost final inspections just in 
time for the garden to be photographed 
by a "national mag" before she starts 
tearing up the kitchen and guest room. 
Pete keeps busy in real estate law, 
while Kathy juggles the two boys' 
school activities. K sees Corbin Kendig 
Rankin and Becky Mitchell Keister , 
but also, sadly, reported that Molly 

Woltz Garrison's mother passed away 
in October. 

Little Hingham, MA news from 
Kathy Cummmgs Catlin, one of our 

dramatists, whose heart is at UVA with 
both sons. She sailed with Elsa Jones 
Forter and Rod on their gorgeous new 
boat and had mini-reunions with Libby 
Tyree Taylor and Anne Millbank Mell 
(both '71-ers). The other drama major, 
Barbara Offutt Mathieson, hiked the 
Inca Trail near Machu Picha and mar- 
veled at the monkeys in the Amazon 
Basin with daughter Anna-Rose and 
son Skye before they fledge. One of 
our gov't majors, Liz Smith, celebrated 
her b'day on the Riviera, Belgium and 
the Netherlands with Holly Smith ('71 ) 
and then came home to play "mom" to 
her 2 Old English sheepdogs. The 
other, Tauna Urban Durand, says the 
switch from teaching at a posh private 
school to urban St. Louis was hard but 
rewarding. Tauna tripped to HI in '99 
with Doug and the boys, one recently 
married and the other a successful 
magician. Of the two English majors, I 
just missed seeing Stuart Camblos Rod- 
well (English) here in DC in Oct. She 
was helping her Mom tend to an ailing 
sister in the area, but en route had 
spent a lovely day at SBC (much dam- 
age to her credit card at the bookshop 
and to her waistline at the old 
Tommy's, now owned by an old h.s. 
chum of hers). Next stop was a gals- 
only Mexican spa followed by a visit to 
WY where Roy was checking on his 
new cattle ranch. Sally Campbell is 
glad to be home in ME after her CT 
sojourn. Four kids are dandy (two still 
in college). Sal casually mentioned she 
had open heart surgery (valve repair) 
last summer, but Tracy Savage came up 
with a pot of chicken soup to speed 
her successful recovery. Heather Tully 
Click (psychology) reports from Atlanta 
that Richard still flies for Delta while 
she continues as an RN. Amanda is at 
Rhodes Coll. in Memphis, and Ben, a 
h.s. soph., revels in having the bath- 
room and car radio to himself. 

Couldn't find out what the mem- 
bers of the final group majored in, but I 
suspect it was "Life," and they're still at 
it. Claudia Forman Pleasants says all is 
well with her family. Of all the schools 
she's attended (George Mason, Johns 
Hopkins, UVA and VPl), her fondest 
memories are of SBC and she half 
hopes Casey (now 4l, will wind up 
there. Louise Hayman is in Annapolis, 
feverishly working on MD's millen- 
nium bash (p.r., development, politics 
and sleight-of-hand activities). She saw 
Kathy Barnes Hendricks and son in 
Aug. and Barbara Waters Larson (who 
still directs Leadership Alabama) in 
Savannah in Sept. Mary Kyger Norman 
reports a new address in CA, from 
which I leapt to the conclusion that she 
is no longer at Vassar. AnneAdare 
Wood was just about as succinct, but 
had a good excuse (divorce in the 
works and waiting for that new excit- 
ing life to kick in). And in OKC, Keith 
Brown Oehlert is still sub. teaching, 
selling Worth clothes, and serving as 
prez of the county Medical Society 

Little of interest from yours truly 
(French major) — frequent biz travel 
(still DOI-Antitrust) to reallv boring 
places; China for my 50th; Nova Scotia 
for Xmas with family; San Diego to 

help my sis get resettled post-divorce 
and see my enchanting niece (now 10). 
Hope to see you all at our 30th. Keep 
the e-mails coming — 


President: jacque Penny 
Secretary: Caroline Turtle Murray 
Fund Agent: Camilla Crocker Wode- 

A milestone year — turning 50 
seems quite impossible! Rhoda Allen 
Brooks (Cincinnati) wrote, "Forget the 
millennium, the 50s are enough of a 
shock!" Daughter Lynn is working in 
Chicago and son John is finishing at 
Colorado. She continues to volunteer. 
Mary Bell Parks (Loveland, CO) has 
two children in college and a 5th 
grader. She is still battling metastatic 
breast cancer but continues to teach 
and has a new interest in opera. Beryl 
Bergquist Farris (Atlanta) is proud of 
her SBC freshman Kristin. She com- 
ments on the difficulty of SBC students' 
off-campus social life. Kristi Bettendorf 
(Mami) enters her 23™ year as an asst. 
state attorney. This year she explored 
the pyramids and tombs of the 
pharaohs; her son, 16, hit the high- 
ways; and her daughter became a 
teenager. Carter Burns Cunningham 
(Washington DC) has been retired for 2 
years. One daughter starts Duke and 
the other is in 7'" grade. Kathy Crilley 
Fulmer (Memphis) has the "same 
house, same husband, same dog," one 
child at W & L and one in 10th grade. 
Dr. Betty Duson (Bellaire, TX) reports 
husband Al and son Andy are doing 
well. She now teaches geography at a 
private middle school which she finds 
"more engaging than providing psy- 
chotherapy'.' We're mighty proud of 
Michela English (Bethesda) who will be 
Chairman of the Board of Sweet Briar 
College. And also of Kathy Garcia 
Pegues (Warrenton, VA) who has one 
more year as President of the Alumnae 
Association. Kathy's daughter Emily fin- 
ishes at SBC 5/00. Son Adam is a plebe 
at the Naval Academy. She and hus- 
band John hosted an alumnae trip to 
Scotland, Liz Glassman (Santa Fe) 
thinks 50 is great and "hopes to have 
50 more in health and laughter" Bar- 
bara Gracey Backer (Delray Beach) 
reports life is "full of adventure and 
richness" Her full platter consists of 
John, 14, David, 12, and Katie, 10. She 
volunteers and works at husband Ron's 
insurance business. Sioux Greenwald 
(Hoboken) left financial services, is 
semi-retired, and has entered the "not- 
for-profit sector lifestyle'.' Marilyn Kolb 
(Lexington, MA) is "ready to cut lots of 
things loose" She is becoming an 
expert delegater and even orders gro- 
ceries online. Husband Michael, at 
SAP America, is traveling too much. 
Her oldest is moving into teen years 
with a younger sister to follow. Linda 
Hill Krensky's (Potomac, NM) son mar- 
ried, her daughter is an artist in 
Chicago, two daughters are graduating 
from college, another son is a freshman 
at U of MD, and her youngest is in 6th 
grade. Art collector husband Steven 
has filled the walls and ceilings with 
paintings. Mary Lyman Ray (Columbia, 
MD) teaches 7th grade science and has 
a new hobby — golf! Her daughter 

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graduates from Vanderbilt. One son 
attends the local college, and another 
is a h. s. soph. We extend our sympa- 
thy to Mary for the loss of her mother 
last year. Dr. Margaret Mae Mackie 
Saunders (Markham, VA), practices 
neuroradiology, has returned to VA, 
remarried a local architect and built a 
new house. Son John graduates from 
Colgate in May. Lynne Manov Sprinsky 
(Montoursville, PA) acquired two bas- 
set hounds while recuperating from a 
broken ankle and emergency appen- 
dectomy. She says as a result, "she is 
now housebroken'.' Son Matt continues 
on the Deans List at Pennsylvania Col- 
lege of Technology where husband Bill 
teaches. Sherrill Marks Byrd 
(Chadeston, MO) will travel to Cayman 
and Monteagle this year. One son is a 
freshman at Sewanee and the other a 
7th grader. Margaret Mather Feld- 
meier's (Syracuse) daughter Kate grad- 
uated from Davidson and is teaching in 
DC. Daughter Julie is a freshman at 
Brown. Husband Jake now has 4 plants 
around the country and Margaret con- 
tinues to do work for Carlisle. Anne 
Milbank Mell's (Summit, N|) daughter 
Meredith graduated from Bucknell and 
is now in Boston. Son John is at UVA. 
Daughter Caitlin is a h.s. soph. Anne 
enjoys working for a child/adolescent 
psychiatrist. I was pleased to receive 
news of Meredith Mill, who is listed in 
our class directory as "lost'.' Meredith 
has a new husband. Bob Bidell, whom 
she's known for 33 years. She spent an 
evening with Jacque Penny as she 
returned from her honeymoon in the 
Caribbean. Jacque reports Meredith 
looks "22, beautiful, and very happy'.' 
Liz Mumford Wilson (Hyannis Port, 
MA) traveled to Scotland with son 
Sam,1 1 . She is busy with painting and 
a new puppy. Liz endured the week 
JFK, Jr. died with a media invasion of 
her neighborhood. Another new puppy 
"mom" is Wendy Norton Brown (Rich- 
mond) who claims to have no other 
exciting news. Jacque Penny is senior 
exec, secretary to a Greek admiral who 
is senior vice-president of Celebrity 
Fleet Operations. She encourages 
everyone to start planning now for our 
reunion next year! Anne Shipper 
Oates' (Rochester, NY) daughter Alison 
graduated from SBC in May and is 
employed by Pfizer. Carol Remington 
Foglesong IMaitland, FL) is running for 
Orange County Clerk of Courts and 
expects her son, a political fundraiser, 
to help her campaign. Her other son is 
a h.s. sr. Husband Richard's book on 
Disney will be published by Yale 1/01 . 
She encourages everyone to visit the 
SBC website and post class notes there! 
Trudy Slade McKnight (Bellevue, WA), 
husband Rob, cats and dogs moved to 
Seattle in '98 where she facilitates 
courses for adults in transition. They 
welcomed the millennium at the earli- 
est possible moment from New 
Zealand. Alix Sommer Smith (Freder- 
icksburg, VA) married husband Gene 
2/99, and built a new house. She met 
her new husband when she was at 
SBC. They took a honeymoon cruise in 
the Hawaiian Islands. Lissy Stevenson 
Bryan (Richmond, VAl enjoys their 
place in the VA mountains and reports 
she got a yellow lab and a grandson 2 
years ago. She stays involved in 
planned parenthood and affordable 
housing. Susan Schmidt (Brevard, NC) 

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spent 2/00 as a writing fellow at the VA 
Center for the Creative Arts at Sweet 
Briar! She was reminded of "how 
much my one year at SBC taught me'.' 
She would love to teach at SBC when 
she finishes the book she is working on 
while on leave from Brevard College. 
Martha Stewart Crosland (Bethesda, 
MDl works for the Department of 
Energy. She travels, but mainly to 
nuclear waste disposal sites! Daughter 
Mallory, now in London, graduated 
from Vanderbilt Phi Beta Kappa and 
was the first Vandy golfer to play in the 
NCAA'S. Son Stewart will play lacrosse 
goalie as a freshman at Notre Dame. 
Elodie Taylor Thompson (Monroe, VAl 
is a media specialist in Amherst and 
has taken up basket weaving and 
genealogy. Her children are working, 
but not completely away from home as 
yet. Thankfully, Sally Uptegrove Lee 
(Nashvillel remains cancer free. 
Daughter Rachel is a junior at Trinity U 
in San Antonio. She and Bob are plan- 
ning a summer cruise of N. European 
capitals. Ellen Welntraub (Miami 
Beach) is pleased to be a "beach 
bunny" again, just like when she 
"unwisely baked herself atop Meta 
Class'.' She served as president of the 
NYC SBC club for ten years and cur- 
rently is an investment banker. Wendy 
Weiss Smith (Durham, NC) viewed the 
summer eclipse from the French coun- 
tryside. She and husband Gil will visit 
Peru soon. She enjoys teaching English 
to Japanese and Korean students. 
Frances Woltz Fennebresque's (Char- 
lotte, NC) son will graduate with an 
MBA from Columbia and work for First 
Boston in NY. Her daughter will gradu- 
ate 5/01 from Columbia with an 
M.S.W. Another daughter is a junior at 
UNC-Chapel Hill and her youngest son 
is a soph, at Woodberry Forest. Her 
husband is a partner with a law firm 
headquartered in Richmond. Dr. Barb 
Wuehrmann (Grand Rapids, Ml) retired 
from full-time family practice and spent 
3 months in AZ with husband |im, a 
distnbution planner. One of her step- 
sons is a doctor in Detroit and the 
other is in Cleveland starting his own 
internet company. I will have two chil- 
dren at UNC-Chapel Hill next year but 
thank goodness will still have Rick and 
the dog at home in Reidsville, NC. 
Looking forward to our reunion in 
2001 and expect to see all of you 


President: Kathleen Cochran Schutze 
Secretary: Weezie Blakeslee Gilpin 
Fund Agent: Diane Dale Reiling 

Sadly, our column begins with 
news of the death of Nancy Richards 
Akers last spring. Some of you may 
have seen the coverage of her murder 
by her estranged husband, Jeremy, who 
then killed himself. In so doing, he left 
their i children, Finney, 21, Zeb, 11, 
and Isabelle, 9, orphaned and stilled 
Nancy's voice as an author. 

Abigail Allen Rennekamp has 3 
daughters and one son ranging from 
6th to 1 2th grade. In KY, she is single, 
working and enjoys tennis. Barb Cain 
Hegarty and |ohn have joined adult 
soccer and Softball teams. Melissa is 9; 
Ryan 13. Barb recently testified in a 
malpractice suit on behalf of the plain- 

tiff. Evie Carter Cowles breeds and 
shows horses, flyfishes, serves on 
equine boards and takes tennis lessons. 
She and Reynolds have 3 grandchil- 
dren and his son was married last sum- 
mer. Creigh Casey Krin's and John's 
family includes Heather and Lindsay, 
h.s. seniors, and Bailey, a Golden 
Retriever. Lindsay was in Rome last 
summer pertbrming with an opera 
company while Heather recuperated 
from knee surgery. Creigh teaches 5th 
grade, is District Test Coordinator and 
Coordinator of the Beginning Teacher 
Program. A mini-SBC reunion took 
place in the San luan Islands with 
Peggy Cheesewright Garner and 9 yo 
Whitney, Lisa Fowler Winslow and 1 3 
yo Suzanna, )ane McFaddin and Betsie 
Meric Gambel with sea-kayaking, hik- 
ing and whale watching galore. Dede 
Conley's year included travel, climbing 
Mt. Hood, wine selling and tasting and 
a visit with Mary Danford, Michael 
and their son in Portland, OR. Rene 
Conover Reed's daughter Melissa is 
looking at colleges including Hollins 
and SBC. Craig, 8th grade, loves 
lacrosse and girls. Cary Davis King's 3 
(Marguerite, 15; Lucy, 13; Spencer, 12) 
keep her busy. Cary serves on their 
school board, gardens and is a painter- 
to-be. Linda Lipscomb came for a won- 
dertul visit last summer. Sue Dern 
Plank is living outside Albany where 
David is a consultant with the Cordian 
Group. Elena's history teacher is Deb 
Pigman, '70. The Planks had a lovely 
10-day trip to Portugal. Christine Eng 
Leventhal's new project is a pre-school 
creative movement class in addition to 
teaching ballet and fitness. Amy is first- 
year at LJVM, Nick attends the Hyde 
School and Ion is a 7th grader. Peter 
teaches martial arts and is a nutritional 
consultant. Susanne Garrison Hoder 
saw Kathy Upchurch and Nan Robert- 
son Clarke and says "they look terrific'.' 
Pascale Dutilleul's son Damien spent 7 
weeks with the Hoders last summer 
and went to camp with Frank, 13. 
Ross, 16, is looking at colleges. John's 
business is growing; Susanne volun- 
teers at school, church and with the 
YMCA. Robin Harmon O'Neill writes 
that after 21 years of marriage, she and 
John are divorcing. Robin, in 7th grade, 
is fine and traveled to Provence with 
her mother last summer. Jane 
McFaddin and big Robin went to a 
painting workshop in ME run by an 
artist Robin worked with in France. 
Chris Hegarty Savages's son Clay is a 
h.s. senior; Brendan is in 9th grade. In 
Sept. Chris rode for the first time since 
college and, despite walking with diffi- 
culty for 3 days, said "it was great'.' 
Carter Heyward Morris and fHampton 
celebrated their 26th anniversary. Hey- 
ward is a jr. at Vanderbilt; Wade a h.s. 
senior. Carter sees |ennifer Ferguson, 
Blanchette Chappell and Robin 
O'Neill. Sara Hicks is in her 20th year 
as a Marriage Family & Child coun- 
selor. She works with foster children 
removed from their homes because of 
abuse. Sara sends love to loan Elton- 
head, Sandy Schwartz and Robin 
Roden. Susan Kirby Peacock, Daniel, 
1 1, and Marley, 10, explored Jamaica 
for 2 weeks and Susan spent a week on 
Cape Breton Island. Her pharmacy 
work, painting and gardening complete 
her life. Linda Lipscomb worlis on 
global marketing agreements and 

alliances for American Airlines. Despite 
undergoing surgery for a ski injury, 
Linda is anticipating her first ski trip of 
the season. Ann Major Gibb teaches 
computer classes. David is looking at 
colleges; Emily is third year at LJVA. 
Lisa Marshall Chalmers' portrait busi- 
ness keeps her busy while David is in 
commercial real estate in Atlanta. Mar- 
shall is a Foundation Fellow in UGA 
and Elizabeth is in 9th grade (she plays 
soccer with my niece! I. Jane 
McCutchen McFadden and Barclay 
moved to Charleston SC and have 2 in 
college and one in boarding school. 
Chris Mendel Prewitt is attending Air 
War College and living in AL. Future 
plans are uncertain but they still own 
their home in MN. Betsie Meric Gam- 
bel's son Gregory is at Villanova Law 
School, Meric is a sr. at Jesuit HS, and 
Betsie is a PR Director at Logan Mar- 
keting. Her long distance biking 
included a 1 50 mile ride in Oct. for 
MS. Betsie talks with Lisa Slatten, 
Dessa Rutter and Magee Leigh. Sara 
Meyerdierks Hillgrove loves Rich- 
mond, Va where she has started a new 
company having sold her old business. 
An Oct. trip to England will include a 
visit to Michelle Brown Badcock. 
Karen Nielsen Grammaticas and Andy 
celebrated their 25th in Europe with 
children, Peter and Katie. Katie is 
spending a semester at Edinburgh Univ 
Stephania Paparozzi Williams was 
asked to be the Huntsman for the High 
Country Hounds in Flagstaff, AZ. She is 
on the Political Planning Committee for 
the National Womens' Political Caucus 
which oversees the distribution of PAC 
money. Kathy Pretzfelder Steele's 
daughter Tracy is a soph at Notre 
Dame; Kelly is a h.s. jr. who swims, 
plays lacrosse and is in charge of 
homecoming this yr. Kathy had a nice 
surprise last winter when she ran into 
Jennifer Wherry Putney. Cathy Ras- 
mussen Rentzel is in the internet/e- 
commerce world doing e-mail-based 
lead generation and customer relation- 
ship building. Kelly 24, is at SMU Law 
School; Lynn, 21, is a sr. at Univ of 
OK; and Christee, 16, is driving. Nan 
Robertson Clarke reports that Boo is 
home from Dartmouth doing a semes- 
ter's internship as a sportswriter for the 
Charlotte Observer. Toby, Charlie and 
Robbie are respectively a sr, jr. and 
soph, in h.s. Nan spoke with Emily 
Garth Brown during Hurricane Floyd. 
Candy Sheffield Neilson's oldest, 
Sarah, is a first year at Keene State in 
NH, the beginning of the empty nest. 
Renee Sterling continues to oversee a 
Smith Barney funded program for 4th - 
6th graders with the E)allas Opera. She 
is redoing her late mother's home in 
CA to use on weekends. After a reoc- 
currence of Carol Stewart Harper's 
breast cancer 2 years ago, her husband 
Doug retired from the Navy and mid- 
dle-school teaching to spend time with 
Carol. Alison is a sr. at LIVA and will 
go on to graduate school. Elizabeth is a 
h.s. jr. Carol hopes to see Gypsie Bear 
Antwerp in Charlottesville in Novem- 
ber. Jenny Ferguson Stockwell has 
moved to Sacramento, CA. Sarah, 22, 
works in Boston; Ian, 19, is a Princeton 
soph; and Gillian, 16, is a hs jr. Ginger 
Woodard Gast and Paul's son Mike, 
20, is a soph, at USNA where he plays 
hockey. Caroline, 1 8, is an AFS student 
in Switzerland learning French; Annel- 

yse, 1 1, and Katie, 9, are in a Spanish 
immersion program in Fairfax, VA. 
Ginger continues to tutor reading. In 
Nov., Debi Ziegler Hopkins will have a 
"suite" reunion in New Orleans with 
Jane Potts, Terry Christovich Gay, and 
Betsy Perry. Debi works for an appel- 
late court judge, is active in LA preser- 
vation and has 2 teenage boys. A 
mystery woman writes that she moved 
from NYC to Darien, CT where she is 
gardening and enjoying a quieter year 
than 1998. And I, Weezie Blakeslee 
Gilpin am working at Milton Academy 
again, this time as the Assistant Dean 
of Students for Campus Life, a hectic 
and varied job, a 2 block commute to 
replace the 40 mile round trip to Wal- 
nut Hill School. Alexa is a sr. at the 
College of Wooster; Blake a jr. at Yale 
and Christopher a sr. at Milton. Bob 
will be on leave from Milton this spring 
to put his Time Out business up on the 
web. Because of length restrictions, I 
will compile a more complete version 
of our classnotes. If interested, e-mail 
me at Louise - Gilpin^ and I 
will e-mail them as an attachment. 


President: Marcia Brandenburg Mar- 

Secretary: Edie McRee Whiteman 
Fund Agents: Sandra Taylor, Mary 
Bush Norwood 

Californian Jan Renne Steffen trav- 
eled with SBC to Scotland last year, is 
house remodeling, edits Tall Club Inter- 
national, and with husband Jim video- 
graphs weddings. Newly single Andria 
Francis ferries Ashleigh (14) to activi- 
ties, still works at CTB/McGraw-Hill, 
and enjoyed a summer Barcelona-Lis- 
bon cruise. With Benji (13), Gaby (10), 
Sofia (7) and her husband, Julie Shuer 
travels next July to Wimbledon, then to 
Israel for Benji's Bar Mitzvah. Our 
LA'er Blaine Converse avows "not 
much news," despite work on a Coen 
brothers film, O Brother, Where Art 
Thou^, starring George Clooney, John 
Goodman, Holly Hunter, and shooting 
Pepsi and Dr. Pepper commercials! 

Katy Amundson Boase and two 
sons (10 & 13) moved from Dallas to 
Sacramento 7/99 for husband lan's job 
as general counsel for Mercy Health- 
care. Aunt Elizabeth Sprague, retired 
SBC biology professor, made a holiday 
visit. Still in OR, Patty Shannon has 
returned to riding, since Katie (13) and 
Scott (6) are in school, placing reserve 
champion in her first school snow. 
Susan Nagle Hesse, Gil, and 3 children 
moved from EL to Ft. Collins, CO in 
'98. With Katie at CO State and Erin a 
senior, Susan manages a fabric/crafts 
store, while shepherding 9th-grader 
Lauren to ASA Softball, and planning 
an African trip. She asks Janine Ray 
and Tina Petersen to call (970-204- 
1843). Susan Stephens Geyer reports 
travel to Crested Butte after Reunion, a 
Vail trip, and London-Paris-Edinburgh 
with oldest Stewart, now at UnivTx 
-while home remodeling. Fellow Texan 
Sherrie Snead McLeRoy wrote two 
books last year and researched in 
France. With Ann a first-grader, Sherrie 
is president of CASA and is arranging a 
Western Writers of American confer- 
ence. Big news from Laurie Epstein 
who's met her "soulmate" in John 

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Dearlove; they're looking tor a house! 
She hosted a fantasy Valentine's dinner 
at Bulgari jewelers, where guests wore 
"jewelry from the vault'.' In OH Mary 
Lee Burch Doering teaches French and 
language at Village Academy, daughter 
Deanna's school. She and Dean, who's 
with Cold Dome Bank, plan a FL 5th 
anniversani' trip. Despite the "rained 
out solar eclipse" Chris Weiss Pfeil 
reports that Cathy Weiss Thompson 
and her girls joined her for a family trip 
to France. They'll visit campus en route 
from Cathy's home in Winchester to 
see Wendy Weiss Smith '71 in 
Durham. An artist who shows and sells 
landscapes in NY and OR galleries, 
Cary Thorp Brown has spent 20 years 
in New Rochelle with husband Tracy 
and Ben 116) and Fiona (12). Cary 
comes south when Fiona goes to Camp 
Allegheny, and hopes to reconnect 
with fellow artist Ellie Plowden Boyd. 
A painter and needlepointer, Alethea 
Lee expands her horizons with com- 
puter courses. Marcia Brandenburg 
Martinson spent 6/99 in China, touring 
Beijing and Xi'An. From Woods Hole 
Nathalie Ward published a children's 
book, Do Sharks Ever. .J, is finishing 
dissertation research in the Caribbean^ 
and her daughter Hayes is in Maui. 
Robin Christian Ryan was in town cel- 
ebrating her parents' 50th anniversary 
with son Christian, first year at UVa. 
jerry stayed home with Stuart, who 
broke a leg while skiing. Tana Meier 
Parseliti still runs a Main St. program in 
New London, her son Dan's graduated 
from Wesleyan, her daughter entered 
Univ. Vermont, and the family went to 
Italy. Graduations also for Bonnie 
Chronowski Brophy - Christopher from 
UVa and her very athletic daughter 
Megs from 8lh-grade, lots of travel and 
involvement with Catholic Women's 
Bible Study. Penelope Lagakos Turak 
hinted at "wonderful changes" for her 
and Gregory - let us hear more! 

jane Hutcherson Frierson joins me 
in the college "wait," as Laurence fin- 
ishes EHS with Elizabeth Andrews 
Watts' daughter Betsy, who'll enter 
UVa, and Hattie Gruber (daughter of 
Harriet Broughton 73). We agree our 
record 25th reunion turnout was TER- 
RIFIC and thanked Rip Rainey (Lou 
Weston Rainey) and Robert Nicol 
(Barb Ashton Nicol) for their chivalry. 
We see Emory Furniss Maxwell often, 
whose daughter Christie is the first '74 
offspring to attend SBC! In DC, Karin 
Lawson Look has been appointed 
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Strategic 
and Technology Affairs in the State 
De|)t.'s Arms Control Bureau. Sally 
Rebentisch Randolph says that Sharon 
Mangus and Linda Kemper Couch are 
golfing "partners in crime'.' She 
returned to the Reunion golf scene 
with jane R, Emory, and Anne Smith 
last fall. Sally's daughter Elizabeth 
heads to UVa while David relishes h.s. 
E-commerce enters Nancy Mortensen 
Piper's life with Chris' new job at Eten- 
sit>'. Still with U.S. Rep. Jim Talent, a 
Missouri governor candidate, Nancy 
sees Sharon, "Kemper," Cindy Conroy, 
Terry Lear, and Sally R. They saw Drea 
Peacock Bender at Debbie Hooker 
Sauers' house when Drea's son Christo- 
pher (21 ) worked in D.C. during sum- 
mer break from SMU, where he's the 
student newspaper editor. Drea volun- 
teers at Scotty's h.s., sings in the church 

choir, teaches aerobics, coaches and 
plays tennis, while her men build com- 
puters as a hobby. In Tampa, Coleen 
Dee Butterick is advertising coordina- 
tor with her husband Merle's Steak-Out 
franchise, handling their area, Chat- 
tanooga, and Denver. In Louisiana 
"raising children and volunteering" are 
Ann Pritchett Van Horn and Marion 
Van Horn Eagan. Woodie IV is at UAIa 
and Drake still attends Country Day; all 
went to Provence and Tuscany with the 
Van Horn contingent. Mimi Hecker 
Dyer works as a health care consultant 
in Smyrna, GA, and has two new grad- 
uates - daughter Macall from FSU and 
h.s. son Adam who enters CU/Boulder: 
daughter Sarah is a freshman at UFIa 
Pharmacy School. Now director of gift 
planning at Agnes Scott, Susie Fitzger- 
ald says she and daughters, Katherine 
and Elizabeth, love school and Atlanta. 
From a Key West vacation, Liz Thomas 
Camp sent Sophie's computer art. 
Resettled in their rebuilt home, she is 
writing a book. This Burnt House. 
Harry graduates 5/00 and he and Jack 
plan a summer bike tour in France. 
Suzanne Williams lobbies for NC 
Community Colleges, attends arts func- 
tions, and has volunteered lots with the 
flood '99 devastation. Lee Wilkinson 
Warren begins Duke Divinity School 
fall '00, after leading many workshops 
for the Va. United Methodist Confer- 
ence. Her son has finished college and 
daughter is at Appalachian State. Ellen 
Bass Brady and husband Chuck run an 
office furnishings business, while oldest 
and youngest sons are at VMI and mid- 
dle son, Matt, excels at Wm. & Mary, 
and may pursue medical school at 
Eastern Va. At "The Beach" )ane Reeb 
Chadwick has been dating a "wonder- 
ful" man (confirmed by Sandra Taylor) 
and met Yo Yo Ma. With Molly Niss- 
man '77, niece and recent graduate 
Nancy (now at Mary Wash), and her 
mom, she went to Paris and saw Daun 
Thomas Frankland. Sandra is now Sr. 
VP at SunTrust and travels to Atlanta 
monthly. She serves on the Centennial 
Commission for Sweet Briar, and 
reports the birth of Marsha Taylor Hor- 
ton '76's son Samuel James. Mary Witt 
Will and Fritz had a delightful San 
Francisco-Napa trip 9/99. We lunched 
at Christmas with Constance Scott, 
who gardens and works for Broughton 
Systems. My Jamie (1 7) a St. Christo- 
pher's senior, is starting modeling, 
hopes to "go north" for college; while 
Alex (13) has added drama and art to 
his soccer interest. Now that they're 
older I'm spending more time with SBC 
friends - and hope each of you can, 


President: Tennessee Nielsen 
Secretary: Deborah Mutch Olander 
Fund Agents: Cissy Humphrey, Gail 
Ann Zarwell Winkler, 
Janet Durham Sam 

Kari Andersen Shipley does much 
volunteering and traveling. Her 3 boys 
(13, 15, 18) keep her busy, as do tennis 
and painting. Wendy Bursnall Wozniak 
attended Alumnae Council in Sept. As 
SB Club President, she's very active — 
and hoping that Allison (11) or Whit- 
ney (9) may wear pink and green, 
though her oldest, Aubrey, is probably 

headed to AZ State. Candi Casey is in 
investment Ijanking in Chicago and 
travels often to Europe on business. Tri- 
cia Cassidy Higgins is now a Senior 
County Attorney supervising a Family 
Court Bureau in the Department of 
Law, Westchester Co, NY. Tricia also 
serves on the Zoning Board of Rye. 
Very sad news from Catherine Catlett 
Collins, whose husband Rick passed 
away in June after a short illness. 
Catherine planned to go on the SBC 
Nov. trip to Paris along with her sister, 
looking forward to revisiting favorite 
places from Jr. Year. Sharon Coe Glen 
writes from Hampshire, England, that 
all is well. She'd love to hear from 
classmates (sharon@glencoe1 @soft- . Lochrane Coleman Smith 
returned to campus for Alumnae Coun- 
cil again 9/99 (it was a GREAT week- 
end!). She's working on the yard, and 
fighting poison ivy. Teesie Costello 
Howell wants tips on dealing with 
emerging adolescents (Jackson is 10, 
and Suzannah 8 — a SBC prospect, just 
took up riding!?!. Teesie and Chris cele- 
brated their 23rd anniversary. Melanie 
Coyne Cody is still a headhunter in 
advertising. Mel and husband are 
directing the Middle School Annual 
Benefit Show. "At the ripe old age of 
45 I've started running 12-15 mi/wk!" 
she adds. Ann Brown (Davidson) mar- 
ried Will Richards in 10/97. In 5/98 she 
received her Master's degree in Educa- 
tion from UVA and now Jives in 
Amherst and teaches first grade in Nel- 
son County. Her daughter Waverly 
graduated from James Mason Univ; 
middle daughter is a jr. there; and 
daughter Carey is a freshman at East 
Carolina Univ Chris Carr Dykstra 
(Auburn, ALl is now completely recov- 
ered from a year of chemotherapy, sur- 
gery and radiation for breast cancer. 
On the work front, she got a com- 
pletely renovated lab (with a window!). 
Horses take up all the other time. Kay 
Ellisor Hopkins observed her 1 1 th year 
with Neiman Marcus Direct, and 
received the "NM Best" award for the 
catalogue operations division. Her old- 
est, Sarah, is a freshman at Texas A&M. 
Beth is 16, and John 13. Liz Farmer 
larvis reports all's well with her 3 chil- 
dren. Liz is working on a carousel 
exhibit for the city's history museum, 
the Atwater Kent. The Jarvis home was 
recently filmed by the Home and Gar- 
den network for a show on Italianate 
architecture. Norris Judd Fergeson had 
a great time with her family in the Pt. 
Reyes National Seashore last July. Her 
art consulting and financial counseling 
businesses are slowly growing, and 
she's busy with her two daughters (11 
and 8). Beth Freeman Roper started a 
business, Reading & Riding, combining 
her love of horses and teaching (email 
readingridingS' Keedie 
Crones Leonard (Middlebrook, VA) left 
the riding program at SBC and relo- 
cated to the Shenandoah Valley where 
husband Kyle leases a dairy (114 Hol- 
steins). Keedie is busy with Cole, 3 and 
Isabel le, 15 mos. Cissy Humphrey is 
finally a permanent employee at AT&T 
She's also working on her golf game. 
Ainslie )ones Uhl reports a very full life 
with four children (ages 4-11), all in 
different schools. Still dabbling in pho- 
tography, and planning trips to NYC 
with the Art Museum. Lynn Kahler 
Rogerson had an exciting year. She 

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and husband John traveled to Russia to 
adopt their little girl, Olivia. Maureen 
O'Hearn Slowinsky and Sarah Crick- 
enberger Brady hosted a baby shower 
for Lynn. Kate Kelly Smith is Associate 
Publisher of House Beautiful magazine 
and loves her travels so she can stay in 
touch with classmates Janet Durham 
Sam, Treaty Markey Shaw, Missy 
Briscoe McNatt, Melanie Coyne Cody, 
and Felice Ludington. Ann Kiley Cren- 
shaw sent oldest son Clarke, Jr. to 
Woodberry Forest School. She's thor- 
oughly enjoying law practice, the gar- 
den club and other activities. Laurie 
Lenkel has explored several careers: 
pharmacist, educator, lawyer. Now 
she's in the pharmaceutical industry in 
the area of regulations, combining her 
experience of drugs and the law. 
Cheryl Lux writes, "... enjoying our 
new house.. .still haven't won the lot- 
tery, or had any vacations, no one is 
after either kid for scholarships'.' When 
her husband's term in the State House 
expires in 12/00, he plans a run for the 
Senate. Treacy Markey Shaw is happy 
in Atlanta with husband, 3 children, 
and 2 dogs. Bitsy Martin works at the 
Attorney General's office fighting utili- 
ties for lower rates and better services 
(when she's not carpooling 2 children). 
She sees Hilda Dent occasionally. 
Diana Michael Cignavitch and hus- 
band Bernie built a home on Head- 
quarters Island. They own an 
ambulance company. Daughter (10) 
plays tennis; son (7) loves soccer. Mari- 
lyn Moran Coerler announces start-up 
of her own direct mail business, which 
allows her to work from home and 
spend more time with son Christopher 
(4). Megan Morgan spent a year work- 
ing for a Saudi prince with the Embassy 
office of the Saudi Arabian National 
Guard. Now she works in white-collar 
litigation at a DC law firm. She was 
also acting, doing an episode of 
"Homicide: Life on the Streets" which 
aired in Jan. Whew. Lori Neasham 
moved from Ashland, OR to Portland, 
OR to take over the largest volume 
Clinique door in the northwest. Her 
son Amir is a 4.0 jr. in college, and 
wants to be a brain surgeon. "Can this 
be my child?" she asks! 

Tennessee Nielsen Tankersly has 
left law practice after 20 years "to 
explore other options'.' Husband Mike 
is supportive, but daughter Kelsey (15) 
thinks this is a bad idea. Tennessee 
reminds us that reunion is just around 
the corner! Sally Old Kitchin is on the 
college search with daughter Mariah 
(pink and green is a possibility). The 
boys are 1 5 and 1 0, and love sports. 
Sally looks forward to our 25th 
reunion. Connie Radford Butler and 
husband closed their children's book- 
store. She continues to teach pre- 
school. The Butlers, too, are on the 
college search for daughter Austin (no 
pink and green for her). Robin Rodger 
Heller "retired" from corporate execu- 
tive life at General Motors after 20-i- 
years to devote more time to family 
and volunteer work. Robin is President 
of the Jr. League of Detroit, a Co-Chair- 
man of Designers' Show House 
fundraising, and works with the Detroit 
Institute for Children and Planned Par- 
enthood. Sharon Ruvane says life is 
quiet with Gretchen at Choate Rose- 
mary Hall (CT) and Harry at Cardigan 
Mountain School (NH). Sharon is a 

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speech language pathologist at Peoples 
Academy and has been happily 
divorcea for 3 years. Dede Ryan Ale 
and family moved back to Houston 
after 3 years in London. "Busy with 
new schools and cleaning up our 
house after renters'.' Karina Schless still 
works for Wyeth-Ayerst Pharmaceuti- 
cals (18+ yrs!). She's enjoying her new 
Percheron/TB, "Mistral" and riding 
every day. She's judging again at the 
Radnor fHunt this year. Cynde Seller 
Eister says life is especially busy, with 
2 children in h.s. and playing soccer. 
Her youngest sang the national anthem 
on tv at the Little League World Series 
in Aug! Her business is growing, 
maybe onto the internet! Meg Shields 
(Englewood, CO) is thrilled with her 
appointment to the SBC Alumnae 
Board for Region X. Meg returned to 
campus for Alumnae Council 9/99 and 
participated in the career fair in her 
capacity as Steve Forbes's CO cam- 
paign manager. Virginia Spaneler Pol- 
ley took 4 horses to the WorlcT 
Championship horse show in Louisville 
and got 4 ribbons. She planned a fam- 
ily vacation to Egypt over spring break. 
Marsha Taylor Horton resigned from 
her Dept. of Ed. job. Now she's an 
educational consultant, teaching gradu- 
ate courses, not missing the stress of 
her previous employment. Still deliri- 
ously happy with married life, and 
other activities such as Women's Min- 
istry Croup. Susan Verbridge Paulson 
enjoys living in Colorado Springs. 
Christina is 16, and Danny 14. Peggy 
Weimer Parrish moved to Richmond 
after two years in Walnut Creek, CA. 
She had a great trip to Switzerland with 
Mary Beth Hamlin Finke. Peggy will 
work at the Federal Reserve Bank of 
Richmond. Peyton White Lumpkin quit 
practicing law, got a Ph.D. in psychol- 
ogy, and is finishing post-doctoral train- 
ing at the Univ. of Miami Med. School 
Dept. of Psychiatry. She plans to work 
with anxiety disorders, particularly with 
children and adolescents. Carol 
Wilkinson Lee reports status quo, 
"Looking forward to a much needed 
vacation in Zihuatenejo, Mexico in 
Nov." Mary Woodford married |im 
Leslie in Jan., and now has "two brainy 
and talented stepdaughters!' Moving 
from Philadelphia to the Washington 
office of Price Waterhouse was also 
nice. She plans to move to a new 
house — and mentions taking up golf. 
Ann Works Balderston says life's hectic 
but fun. The family took the usual trips 
to Jackson Hole, WY and Gasparilla 
Club (FL). Ann serves on the Executive 
Committee of the Board for Allendale 
School. Andie Yellott is supervising 
tutors in the Writing Tutorials program 
at Johns Hopkins. And, she says, "in 
the interests of striking a blow for Girl 
Power, I've infiltrated the Cub Scouts 
and become a Tiger Cub Den Leader!' 
And I, Debbie Mutch Olander, am 
completely immersed in my doctoral 
studies at Florida State Univ. The high- 
lights of my year were spending several 
days with Cochrane Coleman Smith in 
Feb., and attending Alumnae Council. I 
heard from so many of you this year! It 
was e-whelming! 


President: Vivian Yamaguchi Cohn 
Secretary: Sally Bonham Mohle 
Fund Agents: Janet Myers Deans, 
Peggy Haley Sheehan 

Barb Bernick Peyronnet has had a 
tough year, with her mom passing away 
and Doug being treated for cancer. They 
caught it early so his outlook is excel- 
lent. Maggie (10) loves school and is 
involved in piano. Girl Scouts and 
Church choir; Annie (5) is in her last 
year of preschool and takes piano, gym- 
nastics and dance. Vera Blake Thiers is 
still a regional manager for EF Au Pair 
while her hubby Gerd slaves away at his 
practice. Her daughter is 1 4 going on 1 9 
and her son (12) plays hockey 4 times a 
week in Frankfurt. Elvira Cash Pecora 
continues to tutor French and sub in the 
public schools. Her whole family came 
for Thanksgiving, then she. Chip and the 
boys (14 & 11) went to Lake Tahoe ski- 
ing. Ann Crossingham Cannon is 
annual campaign chairman for her 
medical center foundation and still 
shows saddlebreds. Leslie (19) is a soph, 
at Queens College, NC and Will is a 
junior at Concord High. Laurie Fitzger- 
ald Nowlan is in her 3rd year as admis- 
sion dir. at Country Day School of the 
Sacred Heart in Bryn Mawr. Daughter 
Carly is in 10th grade there; Patrick (1 7) 
is planning for college; Fitz (13) and 
Luke (9) love sports and school. Carrie 
Gentry Jones is in Bluefield VA and is 
single. She has a master's in clinical 
psych, and plans to work on a PhD. Her 
son Ian is working as a computer pro- 
grammer in MD. Mary Greaves Hodge 
says Charlie is working way too hard, 
Caroline is in 4th grade and dancing in 
The Nutcracker; Chase (8) is into Karate; 
Lissy is in kindergarten. Renee Hanson 
Crowder is currently unemployed and 
loving it but also serves on the Ixiard of 
her community recreation facility. She 
visited with Elaine Griffin and Karl 
Anderson Shipley. Renee's son is a 
freshman at VA Tech. Dee Hubble was 
getting married 1/1/00 in Killarney Ire- 
land to John O'Shea Dolan. They will 
live in Midlothian VA where John has 
taught h.s. Math, for 30 years. She is 
completing her Master's of Edu. in 
Counseling. Glenn King Springer loves 
Charlotte NC where they've been for 
1 .5 years and is redoing their house. She 
sees Kathy Jackson Howe from time to 
time. Debbie Koss McCarthy became a 
student again 8/99 and loves it. She's 
getting her Master's from Duke Divinity 
while also teaching piano and accom- 
panying church choirs. Phooi Ching Lai 
had just returned from a vacation to the 
US when she wrote — they had visited 
family in NY and also went to Orlando. 
Ebet Little Stevens says Liz is in 10th 
grade, Anne in 7th and Robby in 2nd. 
Bob still has his own business and Ebet 
does recruiting while the children are in 
school. She had a great visit with Tricia 
Waters last summer as well as Sally 
Bonham Mohle and Pete. Becky Mayer 
Gutierrez is teaching 5th grade in Turn- 
ers Falls, MA. She loves her job and says 
it's a good escape from her 3 sons, 1 5, 
12 and 9. Molly Reeb Nissman says 
Nancy (19) is a freshman at Mary Wash- 
ington College (VA) while Andrew is in 
first grade and Matthew in preschool. 
They took a fun trip to San Diego this 
year. Molly's USTA tennis team won the 

nationals 1/00 in Tucson. Kathy 
Roantree Renken is still in southern MN 
on Jeff's grandfather's farm where she 
homeschools Douglas, grade 8, Emily, 
grade 5 and Timothy, grade 1 . Kathy is 
very active at church while Jeff travels 
full time with SAP America. Fran Scott 
is back in Nashville after a 2 yr. assign- 
ment in Toronto. She has left hjortel and 
started her own editorial and writing 
services co. Son Zach is in 5th grade 
and has two Beagle-mix dogs, Daisyand 
Oreoas"siblings'.' Angela Scully is in PA, 
painting landscapes and showing them 
at galleries. Libby White Drbal and 
Doug have been in NJ north of Prince- 
ton for almost 2 years, where Libby vol- 
unteers in the boys' schools, is 
redecorating their home and takes kick- 
boxing and aerobics to ward off aging. 
They were in Wash DC 10/99 where 
she visited with Maggie Shriver who 
looks great. Carolyn Williams Seeling 
moved from SC to the Philadelphia 
area. She had a difficult year, losing her 
mom in 1 0/99. Justin (1 3) and Sarah (7) 
make Carolyn and Stephen very proud. 
Tricia Waters is enjoying a part-time job 
at home doing admin, work for the 
Alexandria Choral Society, where she 
also sings Alto. She keeps busy with 
Lucy (8) and Will (6) and was starting an 
Italian refresher course. Vivian Yam- 
aguchi Cohn sent me a picture of her 
four handsome sons. She says Clayton 
(13), Clifford (10) and twins Charlie and 
William (5) keep her and Stuart on the 
road for hockey, lacrosse or baseball. 
Vivian is serving on the SBC Alumnae 
Board. In 11/99 she spoke at a confer- 
ence in Dallas and had a great visit with 
Lucy Kimbrough. Ellen Sellers McDow- 
ell sent a picture of her 4 beautiful 
daughters. She and Rex went to England 
10/99 to celebrate his 50th birthday 
The girls are doing well and Emily may 
be going to Switzerland in the Fall 
through her h.s. Ellen is teaching cook- 
ing classes, leading a Girl Scout troop 
and volunteering at church. And, I, Sally 
Bonham Mohle, had a tough year with 
the loss of my stepmother, moving my 
father to a retirement home, buying his 
house, etc. However, in 2/00 my 
mother-in-law treated 10 members of 
the family to a Caribbean cruise, which 
was a delightful trip and incorporated 
much-needed rest. I've reconnected 
with SBC roommate Debbie Brooks Lig- 
gin (ex-'78) — she is an MD in Cincin- 


President: Susan Anthony Lineberry 
Secretary: Graham Maxwell Russell 
Fund Agent: Cynthia Little Townsend 

Back in the saddle again... before 
going any further - classes that have 
fewer members than we do write more 
class notes than our class! Please send 
me your notes or else and you know 
who you are. Betsy Byrne Utterback is 
a docent at Princeton's Art Museum 
and staying busy with son James' (1 7) 
college applications while Chris (15) 
and Jenny (1 31 are busy with sports, 
school and parties. She saw Karen Ries 
this summer and Julie Muchmore 
Cooney lives close by. Clara Jackman 
is teaching a remedial reading/math 
program in VA while managing time to 
horseback ride. Daughter Meg (12) and 
son Stuart (9) are active in lots of sports 
and 4-H. Aimee Kass is now an Esq., 

practicing property purchases and mat- 
rimonial law in northern NJ. Lydia 
Wardwell Zimerman stays on the run 
shuffling three children Emily (14) Lucy 
(13) and Henry IV (9) between field 
hockey, tennis and ice hockey. Phyllis 
Shelton Higgenbotham is working part 
time in her old law office while Hunter 
(12) Meg (10) Win (81 and Sumner (5) 
keep her running to sports practices, 
school events and piano lessons. Brid- 
get Wray Gardner had a fantastic trip 
to the UK with her mother and sister 
Lisa ('781. This was after the incredibly 
fun time she had at reunion! Mary 
Cowell writes of the hugely successful 
Sargent show at Boston's MFA where 
she is a buyer for the museum store - 
she took a buying trip/vacation to 
Vienna, Prague and Budapest in the 
fall. Corby Hancock Pine is teaching 
part time at Towson Univ. Son Jonny 

(6) is in "real" school, daughter Lauren 
is 2. She goes to the school where 
Hannah Craighill Moorehead teaches. 
Nancy White sends greetings from 
NYC where in between nursing a bro- 
ken ankle and representing magazines 
finds time to thoroughly enjoy the 
company of a "Renaissance" man she 
has been seeing for over a year After 
16 years in Winston-Salem, Carol 
Robinson moved to Blacksburg, VA 
where she works as an Assistant Direc- 
tor in the Career Services Office at Vir- 
ginia Tech. She has two cocker 
spaniels to greet you and a guestroom 
should anyone be in the area! Karen 
Jaffa McGoldrick stays busy teaching, 
training and competing dressage. Her 
horse is excelling at the intermediate 
level of dressage and schooling all the 
Grand Prix, thanks to the training 
Karen has done by herself since raising 
him from a foal. Alison Cray Erwin is 
the newest member of Louise Wright 
Ervvin's family. She joins brother Alex 
Schmucki (15) and sister Emily (3). 
Louise traded her investment officer 
position for full time motherhood. 
Anne Garrity Spees loves those Friday 
night cocktail parties with the girls — 
thank god for babysitting husbands! 
Pam Mitchell and family have settled 
back in Tallahassee, where Pam is 
teaching pre-school, after a 9 month 
European adventure. The kids (10th, 
7th, 4th grades and kindergarten) were 
home schooled while on this journey. 
Page Breakell Beeler hit the high seas 
this summer with her family and loved 
it so much they have already booked a 
cruise for next summer! When not 
cruising. Page stays busy in the Garden 
Club of VA and children's school and 
church activities. Augusta, GA is the 
new home for Susan Lord Searles. 
Susan continues to work for the F/\A 
via the Internet while caring for Robbie 
(3) and losh (1 ). Teenage boys keep 
Susan Anthony Lineberry jumping 
while also working full time as an 
event and festival supervisor. Connor 
Kelly Harvey writes from Mt Etna, Italy 
(really!) that she and her boys, Patrick 

(7) and Teague (2) are doing lots of 
traveling and she saw a solar eclipse 
while she was conducting an authentic 
movement workshop. It seems like 
everybody saw Laura Evans this sum- 
mer, who splits her time between her 
NY pied a terre and her Tuscan villa. 
Good news! Lisanne Eusits is not in a 
Buddhist cult nor was she abducted by 
aliens. She is living in Lynchburg, in 

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her 20th year of teaching and doing 
lots of theater. Scary news from Irene 
Dorfman, who lives in a constant state 
of alert in Ecuador due to the imminent 
eruption of a volcano. Andrea 118) is at 
U Penn and her other two ( 1 5 and 81 
are out of school until they know the 
status of the volcano. Vivian Hamlett 
McEntire is an internist in Mont- 
gomery-, AL raising 3 children and this 
summer saw Shantini Senanayel<e. Tri- 
cia Patterson Graliam writes that her 
son Paterson i3rd grade) is taking golf 
lessons and hopes he will become a 
famous golfer! She stays busy with her 
son's activities, painting and volunteer 
work in the |r. League and Opera 
Guild. Kim Louis Stewart reports all's 
well with life in Scotland raising 4 chil- 
dren (9,8,6,3), renovating an old stable, 
and training a new field spaniel puppy. 
Who is in Rome, GA with a Justin and 
a George and rides? I am beginning my 
1 9th year in Palm Beach and in my 
12th year at the Norton Museum 
where I am the Director of Member- 
ship. Alex (17) is in boarding school 
outside Boston and Max (14) is in 
school in Palm Beach. I continue to 
figure out ways to keep him from want- 
ing to go away to school! I wish I 
could write verbatim some of the infor- 
mation I get - you would laugh as 
loudly as I do. Please write to the mag- 
azine begging more room for class 
notes! An apology to all those hus- 
bands, partners etc. who have been left 
out of this issue. 

There are just enough words left for 
me to say how great reunion was, how 
naughty you were not to come (I am 
pointing at you) and please - write 
your class notes and mark your calen- 
dars for our 25th. A fun time will surely 
be had by all! 


Presidents: Heather Pirnie Albert, 
Oiane Dunaway 
Secretary: Beth Sheets Reed 
Fund Agents: Ann Morton Young 
Habliston, Carol Searles Bohrer 

Angela Averett Scurry and family 
had plans to spend the millennium on 
a Caribbean cruise. Brenda Barozzi is 
living in NYC, working in advertising. 
Mary Ames Booker Sheret is recover- 
ing trom a knee injury and surgery, the 
same injury she had in '82 at SBC. Bri- 
anna Boswell Brown has survived 7 
months of house remodeling when her 
family of 5 lived in the pool house. 
Ethel Burwell Dowling and family 
moved to Camden, AL. Husband, Ben 
is pastor of 3 small churches. Ethel is 
home with Peter 4, and Betsy, 2. 
Nancy Daugherty Davidson keeps 
busy in Atlanta shuttling daughters 
Meredith and Katherine and chasing 
down Lydia, 2. Sally Davis Daniels is 
in Greenville, SC. She has 2 children, 
Robert,! 1, and Sarah, 8. Sally is busy 
with antiques, volunteering, and tennis. 
She spent a week last year with Kathy 
Reynolds Barness and Betsy Bell Liles 
(& families) in SC. Alice Dixon enjoys 
her new job as a Mortgage Loan Offi- 
cer, getting together with Carol Searles 
Bohrer and family, and being at SBC 
occasionally to referee field hockey 
and lacrosse games. Beth Engelsmann 
Flanigan keeps busy with Drew, 15, 
Lacey, 9, and learning to use the com- 

puter. Ruth Fowler Bauerle is pursuing 
a career in ophthalmology, and keep- 
ing busy with John, 7, and Magill,2. 
Libby Lee Gantt Castles' husband, 
Guy, is advisor of Kappa Alpha frater- 
nity at use. Libby Lee is involved in 
her Bible Study, IJSTA tennis, and chil- 
dren — Mason,8, Guy,6, Mary Etta,5 
and triplets Gantt, Ray and Clara, 2. 
Rachel Giles Gronsky and family con- 
tinue to enjoy life in Seattle. Her chil- 
dren are — Jake,10, Connor,7, jordan,5. 
Anne Goebel Bain is still with Morgan 
Stanley Dean Witter and enrolled in 
the CFP program. She has taken up 
competitive swimming lessons and 
continues to enjoy running. Patsy Grif- 
fith VanEtten writes that they now have 
an official breeding farm; they expect 3 
foals this year. Husband, Jeff is working 
for Lockheed Martin; children, 
Nicholas and Riley are now both at 
school. Rosemary Hardy is a Behavior 
Specialist, travelling to different 
schools, consulting with teachers. 
Rhoda Harris is expecting baby *3 this 
spring. She is busy with their 2 chil- 
dren and Jr. League activities. Liz 
Hoskinson moved to Bronxville, NY. 
She is active in the League, a book 
club and taking yoga as well as riding 
in competitive events. Liz has a new 
job as editor for an equestrian publica- 
tion. Rolfe Joyner DeShazer's oldest 
daughter, Carrie is a freshman at SBC. 
Busy with children, 3 still in h. s. and 
youngest in 5th grade, Rolfe is also 
working part-time for an investment 
firm. Kelly Judson Jenkins is finding 
time to re-decorate and volunteer on 
the school parents board now that P.J., 
Windsor, and Britton are in school all 
day. Monica Kaiser and family are in 
their new home in Coral Springs, FL 
and are planning some renovations. Liz 
Kauffman inquires if anyone in the 
class has a solar house? She's interested 
in building one. Liz has been white- 
water canoeing and continues to enjoy 
living in KY. Mary LaVigne Fletcher 
writes that she has taken over the 
whole farm business. Eugenia, 4, is rid- 
ing posting trot and HenTey,2, loves 
horses. Jill Maple Fallon and family 
have moved to Wrentham, MA. Jill is 
working for Gillette. She has two sons. 
Jack, 5 and Harrison,!. Rachel Mill- 
rood Perlman is busy being a Bond 
Trader and with children, Sophie,9, 
Jonathan and Morgan, 2. Heather 
Pirnie Albert is still with H&R Block. 
Husband, Mike works for IBM. 
Rebecca is in ! 0th grade and Saman- 
tha in 4th. Genevieve Pirrone was 
married 9/97 to Kenneth Dean Richter. 
Carolyn Hall Ringhoffer '83 was her 
matron of honor. Charlotte Prassel 
FitzGerald and family have been in 
their house for over a year. This sum- 
mer Cece is 1 1 , Tricia, 9 and James, 2 . 
Charlotte enjoyed a visit from Lollie 
Noble in 9/99. Deborah Price Bow- 
man is with Nicholas-Applegate and is 
a partner in the firm. Daughter Katie is 
now 3. Jennifer Rae is enjoying her 
work doing event planning and desk- 
top publishing. Patti Snodgrass Borda 
sends news of her marriage to Joseph 
Borda in 9/99. Patti has enjoyed the 
challenge of combining the households 
of two long-time single adults. Diana 
Sykes, who is with the Crawford Arts 
Centre, St. Andrews, Scotland, has 
offered to be a contact for students and 
alumnae visiting Scotland. Leslie Taylor 

Kavanaugh is living outside Philadel- 
phia, PA. Son, Ryan is a h.s. sr. Gracie 
Tredwell Schild, Georg, and Christo- 
pher (2) are still in Bonn, Germany. 
Gracie is teaching English part-time at 
the University, Georg is working on his 
4th book, and Christopher is making 
parenthood a joy. Jennifer Venable 
Hand lives in Ocoee, FL; she is presi- 
dent and owner of Stellar Media Inc.; 
husband, Jeff, is in Feature Animation 
at WDW. They have two sons: 
Chase,12, Kyle, 3. Lee Watson Lom- 
bardy joined the Orlando City Attor- 
ney's Office as an Assistant City 
Attorney. Husband, Warren is with 
Darden Restaurants and daughter, 
Georgia is 3. Trish Whelan Schenck is 
in San Antonio, TX. Husband, Bob is 
Assistant Professor of Orthopedic 
Surgery at U of TX. Children are — Lil- 
lian,! 1, Gus, 10, Helen, 9, twins Mar- 
ian and George, 6. Trish has gone back 
to school for a secondary teaching cer- 
tification and Masters of Education. 
Ann Morton Young Habliston and fam- 
ily are finally in their home after years 
of renovations. Her children keep her 
busy — Caroline, 12, Chazzo, 9, and 
Bennel, 5. As for me — I retired last year 
from teaching and now fill my time 
with volunteering and tennis. I've 
enjoyed having Kate, 13, and Matt,!!, 
in the same school this year. It was 
great to hear from so many classmates! 
Please feel free to e-mail me, my 
address is 4_ 1 
look forward to next year. 


President: Miriam Baker Morris 
Secretary: Melissa Byrne Partington 
Fund Agent: Tracy Gatewood Lyons 

I received a wonderful response 
this year!! Sally Archibald Rogers 
enjoys teaching children Christie and 
Tucker to ice skate and being involved 
with their school activities. She contin- 
ues to do accounting work from home 
and occasionally sees Bridget O'Reilly 
Holmes. Amy Painter Hurr is still in 
Austin, TX and is substitute teaching at 
her children's elementary school. 
Kathy Barrett got engaged 5/99 to Jim 
Baker and plans a wedding this year. 
Julia Bass Randall is busy with her 
daughters and is now a realtor in Hing- 
ham MA. Elizabeth Taylor Seifert and 
Mark welcomed their third child, Peter, 
in Feb. Elizabeth is still enjoying her 
job at Glaxo Wellcome. Adriana Garza 
Read enjoys being a stay at home mom 
with children Christina and Will. Gigi 
Harsh Mossburg is busy with her two 
boys. She attended a local college fair 
as a Sweet Briar representative and rec- 
ommends everyone try it! Miriam 
Baker Morris is networking with all of 
our classmates who responded to her 
survey about keeping in touch. If you 
did not respond, but want to keep a 
link going with your SBC friends, 
please contact her. Amy Boyce Osaki 
and John are expecting their first child 
in 3/00. She is still going strong with 
her outdoor adventure company Walk- 
ing Softly Adventures. Kim Howell 
Franklin works as a recruiter for Booz- 
Allen and Hamilton. She stays in con- 
tact with Ellen Howard who had a 
baby girl in Sept. Barb Paulson Good- 
barn is recovering from knee surgery 
and working at her girls school. She 
enjoys seeing SBC alumnae at the Den- 

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ver club functions. Carolyn Hall Ring- 
hoffer enjoys her two daughters and is 
still in private practice in Mobile, AL. 
Her husband |oe is an investment bro- 
ker with Prudential. Lisa Rogness 
McDermott was married in Feb. to 
Tim. They are preparing for a 600 mile 
bike trip in the Black Hills in August! 
lea Sparks Bennett and family have 
moved to Lynchburg, VA and she 
enjoys being so close to Sweet Briar! 
Bet Dykes Pope says all is well in 
Atlanta and recently got together with 
Ellen Clare Gillespie Dreyer and Vir- 
ginia Claus Buyck at the Biltmore 
House in Asheville, NC. Bridget 
O'Reilly Holmes enjoys her girls Olivia 
and Frances and occasionally sees 
Barb Paulson Goodbarn on trips home 
to CO. Katie Grosvenor Hutch had a 
baby boy in Aug., Tommy, Jr. She wrote 
a one act play that was produced off 
Broadway and has another play that is 
grabbing attention at the Southeastern 
Theatre Conference and at the Chat- 
tanooga Theatre Center. Wylie Jameson 
Small is really enjoying her sabbatical 
from teaching and has started her own 
business creating custom screen savers. 
Her son, Rudy, is loving school and 
sports. They are still traveling to Hilton 
FHead and the Adirondacks for vaca- 
tions. Suzy Balog Ingram moved to a 
new home in Andover, MA. She went 
to Italy with her husband in Sept. and 
is enjoying her daughters Emma and 
Caroline. Mimi Kitchel DeCamp is 
busy with her family and says it's really 
fun having an NFL football team in 
Nashville! Mita Sanyal Felman is living 
in Jarkarta where her husband is moni- 
toring the IMF program. She says it's 
beautiful there, but she misses the pace 
of Washington, DC and cannot wait to 
return to her real estate job there. Lucy 
Chapman Millar is very involved with 
her children's school as well as teach- 
ing riding to her daughter, Peyton. She 
and Ken had a fun weekend in 
Annapolis in Oct. with Alice Cutting 
Laimbeer and Rick, Wylie Jameson 
Small and Stuart and Anne Little Wool- 
ley and Doug. She also sees Elizabeth 
Sprague O'Meara a lot since their 
daughters are best friends! Leslie Mal- 
one Berger completed her Masters in 
Speech Language Pathology ! 2/99. She 
is working with medically fragile pre- 
mature babies to 3 year olds with feed- 
ing/swallowing disorders. Anne Little 
Woolley is enjoying her family and 
seeing lots of SBC friends in the Rich- 
monJarea. Grayson Harris Lane is in 
the final stages of her dissertation in Art 
History and is very involved in mem- 
bership development at Stanford Uni- 
versity's Art Museum. Mary Watt 
Messer is President of her Junior 
Women's Club. She is also busy with 
her children and their activities and has 
had vacations in Bermuda, NC/SC 
beaches and skiing in West Virginia! 
Pam Weekes has a bakery in NYC and 
its success has led her to open another 
in the Hamptons on Long Island. Suzy 
Ireland Dupree had a baby boy, Henry 
Wells, in Feb. Ellen Clare Gillespie 
Dreyer is busy with her 3 children and 
volunteering at Children's Hospital. 
Martha Riggs Lowry is growing her 
Interior Design business. Her husband 
Ron is in need of a liver and kidney 
transplant and they are eagerly await- 
ing word that one would become 
available. She is still active in the 

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Junior League and also working at her 
church. Alicia Nygaard Formagus was 

appointed to the board of Pray Texas 
and continues to be involved with city- 
wide evangelism in Dallas. She is 
building a home on her family's 4th 
generation farm in Daingerfieid, TX. 
Leslie Wright Root retired' from the 
recruiting business to spend time with 
her children. She and Randy celebrated 
15 years of marriage and have enjoyed 
vacations to Napa Valley, Aspen, 
Crested Butte and NYC. Diana Duffy 
Waterman is busy with her children 
who are in elementary school. She is 
working with her husband at his real 
estate office and in her spare time, dec- 
orating their new home. Sarah Bab- 
cock left her career at IBM and is 
pursuing a Masters and eventually 
Ph.D in Animal Behavior with a focus 
on dogs (not horses!!). She is very 
excited about this new direction. 
Mason Bennett Rummel is in her 11th 
year at the Brown Foundation. Rick 
started a new business two years ago 
and it is expanding quickly. They are 
renovating their house and Mason 
keeps in contact with Libby Glenn 
Fisher, Suzy Ireland Dupree and Lea 
Sparks Bennett as well as Mary Ware 
Gibson and Becky Campbell Moravek. 
Diane Dawley was married to Ron 
Clem 1 0/99. They spent their honey- 
moon in St. Kitts and are living in the 
DC area. Robert, Rachel and I moved 
to Marblehead, MA in July in order for 
Robert to attend Gordon Conwell The- 
ological Seminary, north of Boston. We 
had an addition to our family, baby 
Andrew, in Nov! We are blessed with 
wonderful friends and family who have 
been very supportive through our tran- 
sition. Thank you for your responses — I 
always look forward to hearing from 
everyone! ! 


President: Elinor Warner 
Secretary: DeAnne Blanton 
Fund Agent: Lenetta Archard 
McCampbell, Kim Knox Norman 

Ashby Clark Hopkins announces 
the birth of her second child, James 
Thomas, 6/99. Ashby resigned from 
Americorp to stay home with him and 
daughter Eliza (3). Perry Liles Lucas is 
thrilled to announce the birth of Jane 
Perry 7/5/99. Baby Janie joins big 
brothers Robby (6) and George (4). 
Cecily Schuiz Banks and husband 
Jonathan welcomed their first child, 
Angus Hay, 7/21/99. Elizabeth Kelly 
Ravitz delivered her third child, Jessica 
Leigh, 8/1 5/99. Alexander is 5, 
Rebecca is 3, and Elizabeth is product 
manager for dedicated Internet services 
at AT&T. By the time these notes are 
published, Kim Knox Norman will 
nave welcomed her second child, due 
9/99. Daughter Sally is 3, and Kim still 
runs her own graphic design business. 
There are Millennium babies for the 
Class of '85. Heidi Belofsky Turk 
expected her third child in 2/00. She 
qualified to ride at the National Horse 
Show in Madison Square Garden 
(while pregnant). Virginia Stone Robin- 
son expected her fourth child in 4/00. 
Her older kids are Katherine 6, Ben 4, 
and Emily 2. We have lots of busy 
moms. Christine Corcoran Trauth is in 
Falls Church, training for the Marine 
Corps Marathon with Heather Beck. 

66 • Spring/Summer 2000 

Her sons are Ryan 6, Patrick 4, and 
Andrew 1 . Susan Lazarus Bailey is 

"getting my masters in domestic engi- 
neering," and is also out on lots of 
endurance and competitive trail rides. 
Cheryl Fortin Young and family sur- 
vived the hurricanes that blew through 
Myrtle Beach. Her children are Tate 9, 
Timothy 5, and Kayla 3. |eanie 
Guthans Wilkins is busy in Mobile 
with her boys, Richard 1 0, Christopher 
6, and Michael 3, and with hitting up 
the rest of us for the SBC annual fund! 
Caroline Clayton Tufts is in Baltimore 
in a big old Victorian, home schooling 
her two oldest kids, Frances and 
Christopher, and breastfeeding the 
baby. Jack. Barbara Tragakis Connor is 
happily raising her children in Alexan- 
dria, and reports that Vicki Vidal Blum 
has a gorgeous house. Frances Clardy 
Hooper and family are at Los Alamos, 
NM. Son Bobby is 4, and twins 
William and Woodard (a girl!) are 2. 
Karla Kennedy Newman and family 
moved to Charlotte. Rebecca is in first 
grade, and the twins are 3. Karla 
reports that Stacy Zackowski Lukanuski 
graduated dental school and has two 
daughters. Several classmates are living 
abroad. Nancy Finley Worcester and 
family are in Rota, Spain, south of 
Sevilla on the Atlantic Ocean. Leigh 
Watkins and daughter Gracie are in 
New Zealand, where Leigh has a free- 
lance TV company called Reel New 
Zealand Productions. She is also a 
director of Winkles Clothing, a line of 
children's wear that she designs. Laurie 
Richmond McWilliams is living in 
Double Bay, Australia. Maha Kanoo is 
still in Dubai. She started painting 
again, and is looking forward to a sum- 
mer exhibition of her work. Several 
members of our class made some big 
career changes in 1 999. Lenetta 
Archard McCampbell left BP Amoco 
after 1 4 years, and is now VP Market- 
ing for a brand new Internet startup 
firm. Leanne Weber Kreis and her 
brother went into business as The 
Weber Team, a commercial furniture 
group based in Annapolis. Her kids are 
Phillip 6, and Katie 4. Madam Presi- 
dent, El Warner, quit her teaching job, 
started a new career in non-profit cor- 
porate communications, and moved to 
New York. Her apartment in the East 
Village is "only about twice the size of 
an SBC dorm room'.' Anne Maus is 
working for the Elizabeth Dole presi- 
dential campaign. In 10/99, she 
received the Republican Senatorial 
Medal of Freedom. More career news. 
Laura Groppe now has offices in both 
Austin and Los Angeles for Girl Games. 
She spoke at SBC in 11/99, and joined 
the Centennial Commission. Ruth Sill 
is in Atlanta, working as head librarian 
for Kimberly-Clark. Nancy Ness is 
working as a marketing director for an 
optical trade magazine in New York. 
She reports that Ruthann Holland Zins 
is expecting her second baby in 3/00, 
and that Dale Banfield Banning is busy 
in Newport News with her 2 children. 
Marguerite Robbins is a third year der- 
matology resident at the National 
Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. 
Baba Fountain is near Boston, selling 
national program sponsorships for PBS. 
She just bought her first home. Beth 
Anderson Kearns is also in the Boston 
area, keeping busy as a program direc- 
tor with Fidelity Investments. Her son 

Jack is 1 . Angeleque Akin-Little mar- 
ried Steve, 5/98. They are now on Long 
Island, where Angeleque is an assistant 
professor of clinical psychology at Hof- 
stra University. Mallihai Lawrence 
Tambyah tutors part-time in education 
at the University of Queensland. Her 
family just moved into a home that 
Mallihai and her husband designed. 
Debbie Fischer Oleisky is in her 1 5th 
year of teaching, and is a volunteer 
with both the Jr. League and the 
League of Women Voters. Her daugh- 
ters are Sarah 5, and Emily 1 . Andrea 
Lawrence is still teaching science in 
Santa Barbara, and she and 3 col- 
leagues received a state grant to study 
art. Her daughter, Hannah, is 13. There 
was a girls weekend in New York, 
which reunited Perry Liles Lucas, Les- 
ley Allen Bell, Betty Saylor, Susan 
Lazarus Bailey, Martha Boxley Creasy, 
Frances Clardy Hooper, Susan Scagel 
Young, and Mary Bliss McGratin. 
Speaking of reunions, the Class of '85 
will celebrate our 1 5th in 5/00. 1 hope 
to see all of you there! It has been a 
pleasure serving as your secretary. 
Thank you for sending news, and 
please forgive me if I've omitted any- 
thing important. There are space limits 
for this column, plus the post office 
mangled several postcards. I almost 
forgot my own news. After staying 
home for a year with my baby, Samuel, 
I returned to work part-time at the 
National Archives. I've co-authored a 
book. Women Soldiers of the American 
Civil War. to be published by LSU 
Press in 2000. 


President: Jennifer Crossland 
Secretary: Mary Jo Biscardi Brown 
Fund Agents: Beth Ann Trapold New- 
ton, Carol Anne Dickson 

I compliment you all on a nice 
response again this year. Please keep it 
up! I've enjoyed hearing from you, as 
will everyone else. Sharon Beard Testa 
and Scott have twin girls Elizabeth and 
Caroline (1 yr.). Sharon is in her 3rd 
year of a Psy. D program and keeps in 
contact with Mary Johnson Ryan and 
Cara Heard Elliot, expecting her 3rd 
child 8/00. Suzanne Craft Bailey, 
Drew, and Christopher (4) welcomed 
Elizabeth Wyeth Bailey on 11/12/99 - 
while enjoying a visit from Catherine 
Callender Sauls and family! Suzanne is 
at home with her children and cur- 
rently interviewing private schools in 
Charlotte for kindergarten. |enny Cross- 
land (Richmond, VA) practices family 
law and looks forward to being Maid 
of Honor in Linda Mae Visocan's ('87) 
7/1/00 wedding. Drusilla Davis Fadus 
(Marietta, GA), Joseph, Margaret Lau- 
ren (5), and Jim (2) await the arrival of 
child «3 in 8/00. Carol Dickson Jahnke 
is busy with daughter Madeleine (2); 
they have purchased 100 acres in Mid- 
dlebury, VA and plan to move there 
this year. Missy Duggins Green wel- 
comed Nancy Pippin Green on 1/3/00, 
who joins Miles (18 mos.). Missy left 
her corporate job to become a 
"Human Development Specialist" (at 
home!). Sally Engleby Farrell (Beford, 
NY) is currently at home with children 
Tommy (7) and twins Jack and Henry 
(18 mos), but is thinking about going 
back to teaching at her son's school. 
They enjoy a yearly trip to Captiva, FL, 

where they see Lynn Higgins Dreyer 
and her two children. Ann Bruce Fair- 
cloth Porter has a new home and Bru- 
cie is 2. She attended Eileen 
McCardle's wedding to PJ. Maloney, 
1 0/99, in Jamaica. Catherine Kendall 
teaches Interior Design at Univ. of Ten- 
nessee's School of Architecture and 
Design. She married Harr^' L. Quigley, 
5/99, in Brattonsville, SC; Beth Spielvo- 
gel Allen was Matron of Honor and 
Cathy Lowrey Wallace attended. Karen 
Fennessy Ketola and Barry celebrated 
their 5th wedding anniversary, 9/99, in 
Las Vegas. They have moved to Free- 
land, Ml, close to Dow World Head- 
quarters, where she is a Business 
[development Manager. Daughter, Mor- 
gan (2), loves swimming! Karen Gonya 
Nickles is busy with her athletic chil- 
dren Garrett (9) and Claire l6) in subur- 
ban MD. Karen coaches Claire's soccer 
team (and is learning all about 
patience!). Laura Hand Glover happily 
announces that her daughter Amber is 
attending SBC as a Freshman this year 
and was selected a SB Scholar. Laura's 
activities include volunteer work, time 
with son Patrick (5), and much travel. 
Olivia Hardin Pettifer received her 
2nd degree, 5/99, in Interior Design 
and works for Steward Woodard Gal- 
leries. She and her husband are now 
part owners of Margaux's, where her 
husband is the head chef. Elizabeth 
"Farley" Callaghan was born 8/24/99, 
to Rushton Haskell Callaghan and 
Charles, joining big brother, Hampton. 
Rushton loves her job as Executive 
Director, Mark Brunnell Foundation. 
Richelle Hayes Poffenbarg, (Altamonte 
Springs, FL) was promoted to Vice 
President of Corporate Relocations and 
Regional Executive representing Florida 
and Puerto Rico for Florida Hospital 
Association. Lisa Herubin Jerkins (West 
Palm Beach, FL) has been married for 
10 years to Marrell; they have 2 chil- 
dren, Jacqueline (5) and Haylee (8 
mos.). Lisa owns and runs a salon and 
Marrell is an engineer building gas sta- 
tions for oil companies. Meme Boul- 
ware Hobbs reports that Libby (6) has 
started school and Whit (3) has endless 
energy ! She has seen Holly McGovern 
Barber, Ashley Simmons Bright, and 
Elizabeth Sheehan Hemrick. Mary 
Johnson Ryan (West Chester, PA) had 
her 1st child in 1/00. She continues 
working with Mellon Bank as a Finan- 
cial Advisor and sees Sharon Beard 
Testa and talks to Julie Pesek often. 
Debby Klepac Caskill teaches middle 
school math, earned her Masters in 
Education at Monmouth University in 
N), and enjoys her summers at the 
shore with husband and children Lil- 
lian (5) and William (2). Allison 
Kohlhepp Adkins (Arlington, VA) and 
Steve welcomed Ansley Madeira on 
9/8/99. Allison is a full-time mom. 
Shannon "Spunk" Kuehlwein enjoys a 
new home in VT and her job as a 
police ofticer in Hanover, NH. She was 
voted onto the Board of Trustees of her 
local fire department. Elizabeth Lindsey 
(Hebron, IN) continues telecommuting 
as an editor for ETS in NJ. Maureen 
Mahoney Deppman and Benj wel- 
comed their first child. Jack 
Hollingsworth, on 11/19/99. Lee Mal- 
ley Lowe (Vienna, VA), Bill, and Jack 
(4) welcome Megan to the family: Lee 
is a business consultant in healthcare 
with Arthur Andersen. Lisa Marks has 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

leapt from the pharmaceutical industry 
into the E-commerce industry', where 
she works as a consultant with I- She received her MBA from 
Univ. of NC, 5/00; keeps in touch with 
Quinci Stevenson Velie and Elizabeth 
Wood Kleppe. Lynn Mather Charette 
welcomed Elizabeth Hurst 8/25/99, 
joining older brothers Ben and Tucker. 
Harriet McNair Alexander, Chris, 
Rebecca (4l and Annie (2) have moved 
to the Boston area. Harriet saw Chris 
Jones, 2/99, in London, where she is 
busv with her 3 adorable children. 
Catherine McNease Stevens and Nel- 
son run a furniture manufacturing com- 
pany in South Boston, VA, as well as 
care for their menagerie of animals. 
They are expecting a baby 6/00. Jen- 
nifer Memmott Rosenberg, a busy at 
home mom, announces the arrival of 
Margot Elizabeth 8/12/99; she joins 
Henr)' (5) and Olivia (3). Burke Mor- 
row visited with Lynne Higgins Dreyer 
in Disney World, where Burke ran a 
full marathon. Christine Navratil 
Deeter, and family welcomed 
MacKenzie Rae Deeter 4/8/99. Chris- 
tine serves on the board of son 
Jonathan's school; also succeeded in 
reaching the finals of the Ladies Dou- 
bles Club Championships at Riviera 
Country Club. On 12/11/99 Evie 
Newell Angevine and Jim celebrated 
the birth of their first child, Margaret 
Spencer. Desiree Petrus continues her 
career as Chief Counsel to PA Senate 
Transportation Committee; her book is 
in its 2nd edition; she will manage two 
political campaigns this year. A vaca- 
tion to China and Thailand is planned 
for 10/00. Tracy Pryba Baugham, in 
Richmond with Graham, Hayley (3) 
and identical hvin gids, Olivia and 
Lauren (born 11/99), "retired" from 
Whitehall-Robins when Hayley was 
born, and keeps up with Corinne 
Neale and Donna Prommas Duchow. 
Susan Smith Karp, a stay-at-home 
mom, and Andrew, with Bank of Amer- 
ica, live in NC with their 3 children: 
Eliza (1st grade). Amy and Harrison 
ilyear old twins). Susan Swagler 
Cowles and Bobby are building a lake 
house in Tuscaloosa, AL; Susan teaches 
pre-school at Jake's (4) school and will 
attend Tricia Lonick's wedding in VA, 
7/00. Anne Toxey and husband Patrick 
moved themselves and their design 
and production business to northern 
CA; Anne has begun doctoral studies 
in architecture at Berkeley. Beth Ann 
Trapold Newton and family moved 
within McLean, VA to a great new 
home and live 4 doors down from 
Jeanne Rovics Mexic ('88); Beth is at 
home with children Cus (6) and Bon- 
nie (4). Jesse Ann White was awarded 
National School Psychology Certifica- 
tion. Louanne Woody (Outer Banks, 
NC) enjoys her new home soundside 
in Nags Head; she is now a real estate 
broker with a company specializing in 
personalized service. Sandy Wyllie, still 
with FannieMae, keeps busy with 
Cameron (2) and newly arrived 
Heather (9 mos.). I, Mary Jo Biscardi 
Brown, am still living as an ex-pat in 
Denmark (until 1/01 ) as a result of my 
husband's job with Novo Nordisk A/S. 
We greatly appreciate and enjoy this 
international living experience, but 
truly feel there is no place as wonder- 
ful as the "good 'ol USA"! I've loved 
compiling another "installment" of our 

class's news; sorry I am so limited on 
word space. I received an unsigned 
postcard; hopefully many of you will 
know who she is: She is still in Rich- 
mond, had a baby girl (Catherine) in 
9/99; she joins big brother Abe and sis- 
ter Garland. Our classmate sees and 
exercises with Elizabeth Stevens. 


President: Tracy Tigerman Thompson 
Secretary: Eden Zuckerman Brown 
Fund Agent: Katrina Evans Catti 

Denise Landau Blind works part- 
time and is class mother for Tyler's pre- 
school. Tyler is 5, Chelsea 2. Denise 
and her husband went to Bermuda for 
their 9th anniversary. Liza Oalehite 
Brinkmann is part-time in the U. of TX 
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program. 
She works part-time as an R.N. in a 
community clinic. She and Johannes 
have 2 children: Patrick 7, and Monika 
3. Julie Martin Collins and Jerry wel- 
comed their son, Joseph Brandon, in 
Aug. He joins brother Christopher (4 
1/2). Julie slays home with the boys 
and couldn't be happier. Stacey vilar 
Csaplar and Andy are adopting their 
second child. Stacey is still a full-time 
Mom and loving it! Susan Detweiler 
guides for American Alpine Institute in 
the Cascade Mtns. She will continue 
technical mountain and rock guiding in 
the west and internationally despite 
stress on Peter. She and Andrea Fraley 
watched cowboys at the Nat. Western 
Stock Show. She ran into former SWE- 
BOP Director, Kathy Gilchrist. Brooke 
Rinehart Dunn, mother of 2, Huyler 4, 
and Reeves 2, went back to work part- 
time, after being home for 2 yrs. She 
loved visiting SBC last Spring and play- 
ing in the 1st annual Alumnae Lacrosse 
game with Lee Carroll Roebuck and 
Laura Ferrazzano. Minta Jones-Ford 
and Price had a baby boy 12/98 and 
another baby is due '00. Minta works 
with the Ovarian Cancer Society. Car- 
olyn ("Cary") Grant Gallagher moved 
into a new house. Carolyn is busy with 
PTO, volunteer work and her 4 kids: 
Dylan (9), Amanda (8), Charlie and 
Sam (3 yo twins). Stacey Sickels 
Meckel has a new job as director of 
Advancement for (lirace Episcopal Day 
School. She had second son, Leiand 
William, 8/98. In 12/99. Stacey and her 
son, Kent, are in Sonja Gruhl's ('90) 
wedding in San Diego. She says that 
Leslie Corrado is a famous photogra- 
pher (see her in Town & Country) and 
is running marathons. Susanna Broad- 
dus Hickman and Phil had their first 
child, Philip Hunter, on 4/12/99. Upon 
returning from maternity leave, 
Susanna was made partner at her firm, 
Ceddy, Harris, Frank & Hickman in 
Williamsburg. Cameron Cox Hirtz is in 
NC with Tony and their 3 Jack Russell 
Terriers. She works as an environmen- 
tal consultant, rides, and shows her 
horse. Kate Cole Hite and Tucker are 
great. Kate works for the Naval Acad- 
emy; Chase is 4 and Mackenzie 1 . 
Maia Free Jalenak is museum curator 
of the LA Arts & Science Center in 
Baton Rouge. She is President of the LA 
Association of Museums and had her 
second child, Nina Claire, in April. 
Both Nina and brother. Jack, are well. 
Julie Lindauer Jacobson is graduating 
from her Physician Assistant program at 
Emory. She will practice in Atlanta or 

NC. Denton Freeman Kump and Cyrus 
had a second son, Turner, and moved 
to Richmond; Cyrus started his Ortho- 
pedics residency at the Medical Col- 
lege of VA. Denton is a research 
scientist for Pharmaceutical Research 
Associates International. Jennifer 
Crawley Lewis and Max moved from 
Bevedy Hills to West Palm Beach, FL. 
Jennifer's business is doing well and 
allows more free time than working for 
others. Katharine (Kem) McCoid is liv- 
ing in NYC, working at Morgan Stanley 
Dean Witter. She enjoys going to 
exhibits and plays. She has seen Vikki 
Schroeder'87, Louise Gilliam 
McGrady '87, and Lee Carroll Roe- 
buck '87. Lyile Martin is painting and 
having shows in galleries and muse- 
ums. She enjoys camping, has a 
boyfriend, Jose, and a dog, Sasha. She 
is an art teacher at the International 
School of Panama. Jeanne Rovics 
Mexic works with Hilton as Director of 
Sales. She and Scott are enjoying their 
1 5 mo old son, Blake. She sees Kristen 
Peterson Randolph and Laura Schu- 
macher Kasprzak regularly. Cecilia 
Moore became an aunt in July. Her 
nephew. Christian, lives in GA. All is 
well at U. of Dayton and Cecilia is giv- 
ing the keynote address at Black 
Catholic Ministry in Dec. Jenn Gregory 
Mosher enjoys life in New England 
with her husband and 2 boys: George 
Henry 4, & Charles 2. She works as a 
community dietician combining urban 
gardening with nutrition. She keeps in 
touch with Ashley DeVan and vaca- 
tions with Mary Nelson Densmore. 
Paige Shiller Okun got a new job, got 
married and bought and moved into a 
new house. She was married July 3 to 
Steven and many SBC'ers were in 
attendance. Amy Gould-Pilz is in tran- 
sition, as Josef heads to San Diego to 
work with a new company. Maddie (4) 
and Amy will follow when their home 
in FL sells. They are moving to a horse 
farm with Amy's family. Lisa Lucas 
Popera and Greg spent a week in Paris 
and await the birth of their 3rd child 
on Christmas Day. Their daughters, 
Ashleigh and Alexandra, are excited. 
Lisa enjoys volunteer work at their 
school. Heidi Metzger Potter's chil- 
dren keep her busy. Andrew is in 1st 
grade and active with soccer, swim- 
ming and cub scouts, while Collin 
started pre-school and is swimming. 
Heidi is training for her 1st marathon. 
Anne Powell works in Bristol with an 
investment/insurance company. She is 
working to expand the Children's 
Advocacy Center and finishing a term 
as President of the Jaycees. Kathryn 
Ingham Reese lives in Chadds Ford, PA 
and teaches 3rd grade at Tower Hill 
School in DE. She is pursuing a gradu- 
ate degree in Reading/Writing/Literacy 
at U. Penn. She and Bart expect their 
first child in April. Jennifer Bach Rosen 
is in New Orleans. Matthew (2) will be 
a big brother in April. Rob works at 
Laitram Corp. as a project manager 
and Jennifer is at Newman as middle 
school resource teacher and upper 
school college counselor. She is a fac- 
ulty rep on Newman's Board and vol- 
unteers through the Jr. League. Mary 
(Polly) Sattler does Environmental 
work in Atlanta. She serves on the CA 
Conservancy and the Environmental 
Fund for GA Boards. She works for 
Southface Energy Institute, which pro- 

motes sustainable building practices, 
and she is Clean Air Campaign Coordi- 
nator for Atlanta. Kathryn Deriso 
Schwartz had her 4th child. Chandler 
Grey, 2/26/99 and moved into a new 
house. Kacki is 7 and the twins, Burgen 
and Webb, are 5. She is not working, 
but is on a tennis team and spends 
time at the kids' school, St. Tnomas 
Episcopal. Melinda Sher left CO and 
moved to NC, where she started a 
horse farm. She is boarding horses, 
teaching riding, and enjoying country 
life. Katie Keogh Snelling is running in 
her 1 St marathon. She had her 3rd 
child last November, a gid, after 2 
boys. She says that Paige Apple Mon- 
tinero lives in Johannesburg and 
expects her second child in Jan. Katie 
says that Beth Bennett Haga lives in 
Little Rock and had her 1 st baby last 
Sept and that Mary Halliday Shaw and 
Brad live in Encindas, CA with their 
twins in 2nd grade. She also says that 
Whitney Bolt Lewis is a vet in Char- 
lotte, married to Ned for 2 yrs. 
Stephanie Sprouse bought a house in 
Adington 5/99. She works with dialysis 
centers all over the country and loves 
it. She went to Denmark for vacation. 
Ellyn Palermo Theophilopoulous lives 
in the Tampa area with Dean and 
daughter, Joi. She expects a 2nd child 
in Dec and is a professor at the U. of S. 
FL in Pediatrics. Martha Craeber 
Thomas lives in Tyler, TX with Mike, 
Kaitlin 8, and Elizabeth 6. Martha is a 
housewife. Tracy Tigerman Thompson 
and Danny have separated and she has 
moved. She and Danny share Ryan 
and she still teaches 3rd grade in Rust- 
burg. Kelly Brown Varga moved to 
Germany with Geoff, Jack (3), Emery 
(2) and dogs, Bosco and Sam. They live 
in a village established in 1025 and 
enjoy biking and travelling. Kelly finds 
time for artistic endeavors. Nici Fraley 
Williams lives in Birmingham with Jim, 
and Jake, 1 . She is home with him and 
loving it. Nici is getting the Alumnae 
Club aaive and says Mimi Boulware 
Hobbs '87 headed it up with a great 
kickoff meeting. Meanwhile, Bill and I 
are great. Our private practice is boom- 
ing and we are really enjoying small- 
town life. It was great to hear from so 
many classmates 


Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

President: Whitney Bay 

Secretary: Emmy Leung 

Fund Agent: Kathryn "Kate" Robinson 


What a great year — so much news 
about weddings, babies, houses and 
careers! Tish Markey Hutter had a 
baby girl, Anna Louise (1/31/00). Her 
other children are Harrison (5) and 
Katherine (3). The whole family will be 
moving to Mexico City (4/00) for 2-3 
years with Rob's (W&L '88) job at 
Cargill, Inc. Amy Ottaway Zambetti is 
still in Jacksonville, FL. Her boys are 
James (5) and Charlie (3). She enjoys 
visiting with Dana DeHoll Lesesne and 
her twins Madlen and Tess (3). Heather 
Varney Rooney moved to Potomac, 
MD. She and Frank have 3 girls. 
Deana "Bunny" Catana Lemert moved 
to Anniston, AL (6/00), where Robert 
(H-SC '91 ) will join another OB/Gyn 
physician in private practice. They 
have a daughter, Phebe (3). Shelley 
Brasher Tomlin is busy with Haley (4) 

Spring/Summer 2000 • 67 

and Edward-lames (2). She also helps 
Edward with his business, Gerald Tom- 
lin Antiques in the Highland Park Vil- 
lage, Dallas, TX. Shelley and sister, 
Shannon Brashear Longfield ('92), have 
been volunteering in Labor & Delivery 
at Parland Memorial Hospital for their 
|r. League placement. Karen Ashworth 
Lambert returned to school in 1993, 
for a second degree. She currently 
works as an Occupational Therapist 
and manager of the Rehab. Dept. at a 
subacute center outside Atlanta. She 
married Daniel R. Lambert in 1998. 
They have a son, John Lawrence 11 ). 
Audrey Mullen has launched her own 
consulting firm. Advocacy Ink, which 
specializes in tax and regulatory affairs. 
The company will also handle media 
campaigns for candidates and corpora- 
tions. Audrey lives in Arlington with 
her 2 dogs. Pauline Hanson Palm is 
still teaching and working in the 
museum. Chris is manager for Family 
Christian Stores. Jill Causby Skerlak 
and Michael welcomed Lauren Paige 
to their family (10/14/99). |ill has left 
her management position at Talbot's to 
be a stay-at-home mom. She is active 
in Junior League of Seattle and the 
Mom's Club. Michelle Teuscher Walsh 
had a baby boy, Lawrence Martin 
(8/26/99), named for his great-grandfa- 
ther and grandfather. Michelle is taking 
a leave of absence from IBM. Deborah 
Schmidt is still living in New York 
working for Sotheby's. She married 
Rowland Perry Robinson (7/1/00) in 
Seal Harbor, ME. Margaret Frazler 
married Hall Gardner (11/27/99). 
Latane Spencer Hill and Kathy Bolton 
Overman were in the wedding. Mar- 
garet lives in Memphis, TN, and is 
doing fundraising, currently for the 
Women's Foundation of Memphis. Hall 
is a CPA. Latane and husband, |ars, live 
in Boulder, CO, with son. Gray (2). 
Their second child is due in |uly. 
Nancy Quinones Chancier still lives in 
Richmond. They moved into a reno- 
vated church, built in 1850, on 
Churchill. Nancy heads up a marketing 
team for attracting bioscience compa- 
nies and corporate headquarters to VA. 
Bob is doing well with his commercial 
photography. They have greyhounds 
and cats. Andrea William Oakes is still 
living in Staunton, VA, with Bob and 
their girls Kenneth and Jaclyn Marie. 
She works for the Cincinnati Insurance 
Co. Laura Lawson Trevey and Sam still 
live in Richmond with daughters, Car- 
ole (3) and Catherine (2). Donna 
Meyer Hodgert had another son, Har- 
rison Taylor (5/1 4/99). Son, Cal, is start- 
ing Kindergarten. Donna is taking a 
break from teaching to be a stay-at- 
home mom for a while. She still works 
part-time as an assistant swim coach at 
R-MWC. Wendy Steel Hastings was 
elected as Sullivan County Coroner in 
PA. She visited with Sandy Bernard 
Wyllie ('86) and family during Christ- 
mas. Twig Odell Tucker has moved 
back to Medina, MN, near Jimmy's job 
in Minneapolis. Their boys are Jack (5) 
and Will (3). Dr. Eden Rue is a Marine 
Chemist at UC-Santa Cruz. She was 
awarded the Helen Gager Award 
(11/99) at SBC. She also returned to 
SBC to present talks on life as an 
oceanographer. Betsy Howie married 
George Christian (8/98). They took a 
romantic trip to Turkey before settling 
into their new house, built in the 

68 • Spring/Summer 2000 

1930's, in Austin, TX. Betsy is leaving 
her job with Keep Texas Beautiful to 
start a public affairs company called 
Alliance Design. Kim Brookes Sniffen 
lives in Chapel Hill, NC, with husband, 
Woody and son, Devin (3). She works 
as a Labor & Delivery nurse part-time 
while pursuing her certification as a 
midwife. Molly Currens Gaskins, mol- had a baby girl. Shan- 
non Mary (7/8/99).They live in Fairfax, 
VA, with Bob and their other children, 
Adam (6) and Heather (3). Molly helps 
with Bob's financial planning com- 
pany. Wesley Powell Lassen has left 
Parisian and bought a small specialty 
store. The Cook Store . She has fun 
selling and getting lots of new kitchen 
gadgets and accessories. Beth Roland 
lives in Richmond and works as man- 
aging attorney for an appellate printing 
company. She adopted a Great Dane, 
Hamlet, from the Humane Society. 
Raquel Hickman Thiebes moved back 
to the US from Germany. Her husband 
is stationed at Ft. Polk, LA. They have 
two sons, Alexander and Matthias. 
Raquel missed Reunion because 
Matthias decided to come a few weeks 
early, 4/1 9/99. Rebecca Hendrix works 
with an internet prestige beauty site,, as Senior Manager of New 
Business Development. She lives in 
NYC, but may be relocating to San 
Francisco. Stacey Hannan Quinn and 
Michael had a baby girl, Courtney 
Anne (9/1 8/99). Stacey returned to 
work at Siemens as a Principal Techni- 
cal Writer Joan Heymann married Dr. 
Patrick K. Bergmann in a Caribbean 
ceremony in 2/99. They live in Hous- 
ton, TX, where Joan owns and man- 
ages Evangeline Farms Ltd., and her 
husband practices radiology. Whitney 
Bay and Quin finished building their 
house and moved in 12/11/99. They 
were married 5/6/00. Allyson Welch 
Cain and Tom had a little girl, Nicole 
Welch Cain (6/29/99). Kate Robinson 
Hillestad lives in Richmond and 
teaches 5th Grade. She is training a 
new dog to show, she has 2 Boxers. 
She is still riding. Husband, John, 
wants to foxhunt. Ellen Duffie-Fritz is 
the mother of 3 girls, Amanda (7), Brit- 
tany (4) and Charlotte (2). She works as 
Media Supervisor for Circuit City. She 
also chauffeurs the girls to dance and 
riding lessons. In her "spare time" she 
enjoys attending wine tastings. 
Madeleine Blanchard Corbo had a 
baby boy, lames on 1/18/00. Krista 
Biggs married Craig Phillips, 10/16/99. 
We had quite a mini-reunion at her 
wedding in Louisville, KY! As for me, I 
am still in Richmond, working for 
Wako Chemicals USA. I still enjoy trail 
riding and doing my crafts. It has been 
wonderful keeping in touch with every- 
one. Please keep the news and photos 


President: Suzanne Petrie Brady 

Secretary: Kimberley "Kimber" Hatter 


Fund Agent: Beth Hensley Martin 

Here is the latest: Carey Bates is a 
technical writer for TSI International 
Software in Stamford, CT. She keeps in 
touch with Amber Vellenga, lennifer 
Gregg and Stacey Lawrence Lee. 
Stephanie Berger has moved to Los 

Angeles, CA for the 2000 Democratic 
Convention. She attended Jen Kem- 
per's wedding in CO 7/99. Vickie 
Campo Byrd lives in Winston-Salem, 
NC and is a pharmaceutical represen- 
tative with Searle Pharmaceuticals. She 
plans to move to FL after her husband. 
Gar (HSC '90) finishes grad school at 
Wake Forest. Katherine Cooper Hoff- 
man lives in MD. She is expecting her 
2nd child in 3/00. Anne Crow 
Galanides has two daughters and lives 
in Lexington, KY. Arleigh Davis was 
married on 10/16/99 at Sweet Briar 
She works at Database in Lynchburg, 
VA. Bonnie Dawson lives in Amherst, 
VA and owns a travel business. Al 
Doucette Miller is in Bethel, ME and is 
attending USM. She keeps in touch 
with Stacey Lawrence Lee, Jennifer 
Gregg, Marie Wright and Carlin 
McKenna Maroney. Nicole Dracy 
Hodges has two children (Hunter and 
Peyton Catherine) and enjoys being a 
stay at home mommy. Mamie Farmer 
Farley lives in Richmond, VA and had 
a son. Miller, on 5/19/99. Shelbie Fil- 
son lives in Lynchburg, VA and works 
at the Lynchburg Fine Arts Center She 
enjoys acting and white water rafting 
and recently visited with Betsy Butler. 
Christine Flint Canterbury returned to 
the states from Germany and is busy 
with her 2 year old son. Cathi Goslau 
lives in Annapolis, MD and works at 
Fortis Benefits and the Bridges Learning 
Center and keeps in touch with many 
SBC friends. Jennifer Gregg works for 
the Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta. 
She keeps in touch with Stacey 
Lawrence Lee, Al Doucette Miller and 
Jill Fahy. Kathryn Hagist Yunk lives in 
Shorewood, Wi and works for GE Mar- 
quette Medical Systems. Signee Hoff- 
man owns her own chiropractic 
practice in Bakersfield, CA. Karen Hol- 
land lives in Winston-Salem, NC, 
works for Sara Lee and is working on 
her MBA. She spent time with Sharon 
Bittner '89. Karen Hott works for an 
interior design firm in Atlanta. She 
completed her BFA in Interior Design 
12/ 99. She keeps in touch with many 
SBC friends. Victoria Hutcheson 
DeMichele enjoys her horse business 
in northern VA. She visited with Mary 
Lanford Price. Liz Jennings is in Char- 
lottesville VA working on her doctorate 
in Curriculum and Instruction. She vis- 
ited with Stephanie Banton Troutman. 
Kathryn Johnson Glass is a doctor at a 
Naval Hospital in Cuba. She has 2 
daughters, Hannah and Sara Katherine. 
She visited with Gwen Fisher Clew. 
Jen Kemper married Jeremy Wall is on 
7/3/99. Stephanie Berger was a 
bridesmaid and D'Andra Calloway 
Simmons, Amy Lemieux, Beth Hensley 
Martin, and Kristin Walberg Urbach 
attended. Chris Coleman (HSC '91) 
and Mike Hartman (HSC '91 ) were 
ushers. She visited with Kim Hatter 
Ellis at SBC's Parents Weekend 1 0/99. 
Laurel LeStrange lives in Blowing 
Rock, NC and is still practicing psy- 
chology. She also is an EMT with the 
rescue squad and owns her own cater- 
ing business. She will marry Robert 
Yaeger in 4/00. Dawn Monahan Nel- 
son lives in Richmond, VA and enjoys 
her two children. Suzanne Petrie Brady 
lives in Washington, DC and works in 
the White House as the Mexico Policy 
Analyst. She enjoys playing polo and 
salsa dancing. Elliott Pitts is in Port- 

land, ME heading up the Development 
Team for the Barbara Bush Children's 
Hospital and working on her MBA. She 
visited Dawn Monahan Nelson, Mamie 
Farmer Farley and Beth Robinson 
Dean. Ashley Quarrier Moran lives in 
Minneapolis, MN. She recently saw 
Twig Odell ('89i. Megan Reid Lindberg 
is in Lafayette, CA. She enjoys her two 
children (Sutter and Sophie). Kana 
Roess lives in Pensacola, FL and had a 
son, Thomas, in Fall '99. She saw 
Brandi Beck Fowler '89 and Elizabeth 
Mason Horsely '89 at Wesley Foster's 
wedding in 10/99. She is in search of 
Sara Clinton. Laura Rose Martin lives 
in Dothan, AL and completed her Mas- 
ters in Secondary Education in the Fall 
of '99. She is expecting her 3rd child in 
6/00 and her 2 boys are hoping for a 
sister Susi Seitz lives in Germany and 
teaches H. S. English and RE. She 
keeps in touch with Lea Gardner, Pre- 
rana Thapa, Letti Romo '92 and 
Kristina Kukk '92. Susan Sickels Dyer 
lives in Annapolis, MD. She is a busi- 
ness consultant and enjoys her 2 sons. 
She continues to compete in ice skat- 
ing and qualified for the Spring'OO 
National Championships. D'Andra 
Simmons lives in Los Angeles and 
works in Development at Def Pictures. 
She sold her first screenplay about Sal- 
vador Dali and is starting production in 
Spring'OO. She keeps in touch with 
many SBC friends. Penny Tadler lives 
in Brooklyn, NY and is a special Ed 
teacher. She completed her double 
Master's Degree in Elem. Ed. and 
Reading. Margo TenBroeck was mar- 
ried on 9/25/99. Amber Vellenga and 
Squiffy Walker Christopher were in the 
wedding. She lives in Williamsburg, VA 
and works for Crestar Mortgage. She is 
in search of Charlotte Sanders. Squiffy 
Walker Christopher lives in Richmond, 
VA. She enjoys time with her 2 yo 
daughter Elizabeth (Wizzie). Michele 
Williams Lusby lives in Baltimore, MD 
and works for a consulting firm. She 
and her husband celebrated their 7th 
wedding anniversary in Mexico. Paige 
Wright Phillips lives in Phoenix, AZ 
and visits often with Stephanie 
Turner'93. Suzanne Ziesman is work- 
ing on her Ph.D. and plans to move to 
Albuquerque, NM in Spring'OO. As for 
me, I still live near Wintergreen, VA 
and keep busv with my 4 yo son. 
Please feel free to call me (804-361- 
1827) anytime. 


President: Catherine Cornto Freeman 
Secretary: Kimberly Olmstead Cal- 

Fund Agents: Keely Sullivan Jurgovan, 
Margaret McClellan Driscoll 

Here's the scoop — Fie' Carmouche 
Hill is in FL with her husband and 
daughter Madison. This April they are 
moving to Orlando and are excited 
about their second baby, due 7/00. 
Susan Schmidhauser graduated from 
law school in 1/98, is a law clerk in DE 
and will look for a job in MD. Janeime 
Asbury-Brown, in CA, is a full time 
wife/mom of two gids, Jaela and 
Janelle, and will graduate from dental 
hygiene school in 5/00. Amy Ghiz is 
an editor for American Health Consul- 
tants in GA and is also doing commen- 
tary for a series on NPR. Her sister. 

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Emily Ghiz, is a pastry and desserts 
instructor at the New England Culinar\' 
Institute in VT. Jamie Del Monte Gal- 
breath had her second daughter, Caro- 
line on 1/10/00. Last tall she worked 
on a volunteer project collecting 
school supplies for homeless children 
u ith Amy Peck, Jacqueline Geets, and 
Margo Ten Broeck'91 Jennifer Valen- 
tine VanNess gave birth to their first 
child, Ashton Grace, on 9/1/99. She 
sells real estate on the side. Kate Haw 
started a new job in 2/00 at the Ameri- 
can Federation of Arts in NYC. She is 
excited at the opportunity to return to a 
scholarly approach to art. Anne Vogel 
Swan had very sad news and asked me 
to print this specifically. "Some people 
only dream of angels, we (Jason and 
Anne) held one in our arms. Hannah 
Christine Swan, 8 pounds, beautiful 
curly brown hair was born still on 
6/29/99" You are in our thoughts and 
prayers Anne. Kathy Hughes graduated 
from VATech veterinary school and is 
continuing there for her Ph.D. in 
Aquatic Animal Medicine. She keeps in 
touch with Kyra Meelan and Marty 
Jaccarino Vero. Meg Moss and Stan 
are working on their growing web 
design/development company, C. I. 
Global, and plan to travel to Syria and 
India. Lori Saraniero Butterfield is 
enjoying SC and had fun seeing lots of 
SBC classmates at Trienel Ahearn 
Hickman's v\edding on 9/1 1/99. Jen- 
nifer Toomey Driscoll, Charles and 
Kate (2 yrsi are in Annapolis where 
they bought their first home and soon 
will be adding a dog. Dabney Ledyard 
Hopkirk is in Nashville with Ian and 
their sons. Will and Alec. She sees 
Elaine Barksdale Finucane from time to 
time. She visited with Kelly Morton 
Robinson who brought baby *3 along, 
Caroline, born 4/28/99. Dabney men- 
tioned that Stacy Puro is engaged and 
is planning a 9/00 wedding. Jenny 
Brodlieb Cacioppo is in NY still work- 
ing in PR for Ralph Lauren, but her big 
news is the birth of her daughter, 
Annabella on 11/07/99. She visits with 
Kim Clayton '94 and Hopie Carter '94 
often and looks forward to seeing class- 
mates at Jacqueline Geet's wedding on 
2/26/00. Tracy Steele is engaged to 
Kevin R. Steele mo relation, yet) and 
will be married in the fall of 2000. 
Catherine Gornto Freeman is enjoying 
New Orleans with Pete and Charlotte, 
(2 yrs) but things are about to get wild 
with identical ^vins expected mid 
2/00. Margaret McClellan Driscoll 
moved to Chicago with Sean's job. 
McRae is 2 and into everything. Suzie 
Georgi is working in Detroit for Brick- 
man and Associates as an assistant 
propert) manager for a building down- 
town. Cricket Rabin is in CA, working 
for Intel as a research librarian and get- 
ling married in spring 2000. Cathy 
Hindman gave birth to baby tii, 
Andrew William, on 10/11/99. Jennifer 
McCallum Fulton and her husband are 
in Ft. Worth, where she has two horses 
and also works in real estate. Kelly 
Arden moved to Atlanta 6/99 and is in 
full time pharmaceutical sales while 
also working part time counseling fam- 
ilies dealing with cancer. Kate Miller 
Henning is busy at home with son 
Caswell, and sees Amy Peck and Kelly 
Sullivan Jurgovan occasionally. 
Julianne Hanneken Linza and her hus- 
band )im are expecting their second 

baby in 4/00. Rokhsan Fallah is in MD 
with her husband and daughter Lily 
and would love to hear from class- 
mates — email her at 
Rokhy'sJ' . Amy Dickson Rid- 
dell is still in New Orleans where Tim 
completed his residency and accepted 
a position in a Family Practice Clinic at 
Ochsner Hospital. They recently 
bought their first house and had their 
second daughter, Emily in 11/98. Kory 
Faulkner is in nursing school and saw 
Kathyrn Hagist '91 and Carey Bates 
'91 before Christmas. She is trying to 
start a SBC Wisconsin club — so if you 
live there — look her up! Kathleen 
Davis Willis and her husband are just 
north of Boston with their first child, 
Morgan Thayer, born 8/13/99. Kathleen 
saw Harriet Farmer and Holly Caswell 
King at Harriet's engagement party in 
Newnan in 11/99. Harriet is getting 
married in the summer in Brecken- 
ridge. Holly Caswell King and husband 
David live in Atlanta and are expecting 
their first baby in 8/00. Diana Bradford 
is still in NY working for the Estee 
Lauder Company in the education and 
development dept. She was happy to 
see Jennifer Toomey Driscoll in NY in 
12/99, as well as the gang at Trienel's 
wedding in 9/00. Lisa Newman Fran- 
cisco lives and works in NY, but her 
big news is that she got married to 
George in NC on 5/8/99. Marilyn 
Adams moved out of NYC in 7/99 to 
work in NJ as Associate Director of the 
U.S. Equestrian Team. Cara Ardemagni 
LaRoche and her husband Bob bought 
a house and she enjovs teaching math 
at an all girls' school. Leise Scheppe 
Hammer moved to Tampa with her 
husband's job and is a stay at home 
mom with jack, 9 mos. Barbara Baisley 
is in MD, teaching 6th grade. She 
received her 2nd Master's in Curricu- 
lum and Instruction and will complete 
her 3rd Masters in Reading Education 
in 5/00. Caroline Newton Smith and 
her husband bought a house in San 
Francisco. She is taking classes in land- 
scape and interior design. Kelly Brown 
Estes had a baby girl, Julia Katherine, 
3/99, and has taken some time off 
teaching to be a stay at home mom. 
Martina Jaccarino Vero is practicing 
law in Las Vegas and trying to publish 
a manuscript. Carrie Bake-Wong will 
finish her MBA at Univ. of Michigan in 
5/00 and plans to work in marketing or 
consulting in Detroit or Seoul, Korea. 
Carter Story Lloyd and her husband 
and son. Hunter Randolph, are living 
in VA. She works for a bank and in her 
spare time still works on her art. Nora 
Oney completed her M.Ed, in Sec- 
ondary Education and is teaching 7th 
and 8th grade English in VA. Amy Peck 
lives in VA and is the Manager of Edu- 
cational Services for a trade associa- 
tion. She keeps in touch with Jamie 
Del Monte Galbreath and Alison 
Trout. Cythnia Chilton Barrett gave 
birth to their second daughter, Anna, 
on 9/2/99. Tracy Loftus Keller works as 
a legal assistant for a law firm and part 
time as realtor for Century 21, while 
also galloping racehorses in the morn- 
ing. Abby O'Sleen Reeder and her hus- 
band are in NC where they enjoy their 
son, William, and expect baby #2 in 
8/00. Ginger Marks Collier and her 
husband are in TN. She loves staying at 
home with their daughter, Virginia Stu- 
art. Melinda Wick is traveling the 

world with Carlson Marketing. She also 
works with Claire Stapleton Batson 
and sees Donna Peters '91 and Anne 
Knoke frequently. Teresa Jones Hyatt 

and her husband bought a house in 
9/99 and are expecting baby *2 in 
2/00. Muffin Crouch Camp is in GA 
with her husband, Morris and their two 
adorable kids, (that I play with often!) 
Tripp and Millie. As for myself. Clay 
and I bought our first house in 11/99 
and are expecting our first baby in 
5/00. Please come and visit us! I need 
to apologize to the class because I did 
not give the alumnae office my new 
address for the postcards (that you sent 
me) until it was too late. Therefore, the 
alumnae office sent out a second batch 
with my new address and I am sure 
some of the first postcards got lost. I 
am really sorry if you got left off the 
list. But I can assure you, we are not 
moving for a while! Have a great 


President: Erica Q. Clayton 
Secretary: Mary-Linda "Molly" Morris 
Fund Agents: Mary C. Holmes, Eliza- 
beth Thigpen Landry 

Lots of changes since Reunion. 
Dorothy Bailey moved to Blacksburg, 
VA where she has started Vet school . 
She's looking forward to Christy 
Young's Thanksgiving wedding, as are 
Jodi Szuszczewicz McGee and Kim 
Szuszczewicz Snead. Jodi and her hus- 
band will celebrate their daughter's first 
birthday in Dec, and Kim and her hus- 
band are building a house. Heading up 
the NYC group, Hopie Carter is our 
class's professional bridesmaid. Four 
'00 weddings are in the works, includ- 
ing those of Tashie Curpier and 
Camilla Pulicher. Hopie is still in the 
design area of Tiffany and one of her 
designs was selected as a Christmas 
card. Ashley Henderson is a manager 
of recruitment at Lehman Bros. In 
Investment Banking and is planning a 
spring wedding to Jim Swigart. Rose- 
mary Ratliff moved from Boston and is 
having a great time while looking for a 
job. Allison Vollmer Douglass will 
move to NYC shortly from Birming- 
ham, AL. She accepted a job with 
Conde Nast in their New Media Divi- 
sion. Also making a move, back to 
Denver from DC, are Jamee Thompson 
Briggs and her husband John. John is 
getting his MBA and Jamee has 
returned to the Montessori school 
where she worked before. Vinca Swan- 
son communed with nature at the sum- 
mits of Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams, but 
she's happy to be back on earth. She's 
still working for the Seattle law firm. 
Amy Biathrow Ross is an executive 
assistant for Business Telecom and 
loves her daily commute — about 1 
minute. She and Beth Riccabonno Shif- 
fler will be attendants in Stephanie 
Hanson's wedding. Beth and her hus- 
band Paul live in a girls' dorm at 
Northfield Mount Hermon, a boarding 
school in MA, where Beth teaches 
physics and algebra. Rebecca Nelson is 
also busy with boarding school life. 
She's still at St. Andrews Sewanee, 
where she's the Director of Student 
Activities, a dorm parent, and advisor, 
and has also started teaching. Kather- 
ine Schupp is still an archeologist for 
Colonial Williamsburg. She has started 

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her thesis, and she and her friends are 
tr) ing the English sport of cricket. Kelly 
Schmidt was promoted to VP of Luce 
Online and has done a great deal of 
traveling. Mehreen Mallal works for 
the Australian Agency for International 
Development at the Australian High 
Commission in Islamabad. Her work 
involves a lot of travel, mostly to 
remote areas to monitor projects. 
Courtney O'Dea has combined her 
MA in Psychology and an RN degree 
to become a pediatric psychiatric 
nurse. She's planning an 8/00 wedding, 
and will be a bridesmaid (along with 
Heather Forrester, Elizabeth Thigpen 
Landry, Susan Morgan and jamee 
Thompson Briggs) in Erica Clayton's 
6/00 wedding to Michael Wright (VMI 
'93). Erica and Mike are building a 
house in Richmond. Katherine Cook is 
getting her Ph.D. in Higher Education 
Administration at UVa. Her dissertation 
will be on the history of higher educa- 
tion for women between 1920 and 
1950. Liz Homoki is in her last year of 
law school. She's been doing trial work 
and has been recognized by several 
prestigious academic groups. Jill Hig- 
ginbotham changed from working for 
AT&T to IBM. She's doing the same 
job, just for a different company. She's 
getting her MS in Information Systems, 
and looking forward to a possible trip 
to Italy. Caitlin Sundby bought a house 
in Atlanta that she's renovating. She is 
the Executive Director of International 
Development at AmericasMart, a trade 
show based in Atlanta. Shannon Hetcel 
Dykes loves being a stay-at-home 
mom. Carter is 2 and they have 2 dogs 
as well. Melissa Thomason O'Toole 
has a 16-mo-old. She's still riding, and 
is planning a 12/99 move to Northern 
VA. Her husband Tim is still flying with 
the Marine Corps. Lori-Ann Harris 
Summers works in the litigation dept of 
a laboratory in Pittsburgh, where her 
husband Paul is in his 2nd year of law 
school. She has also started teaching 
freelance floral design classes. Kather- 
ine Lindsay Auchter and her husband 
have started their own marine con- 
struction company, and will be moving 
to the area of Jacksonville, FL where 
her husband grew up. Angle Carpenter 
Good lives in Alexandria, VA with her 
husband John. She's still working at the 
Kennedy Center and hopes to apply to 
grad school. Kim Bramley Estep mar- 
ried Scott 2/1 3/99 and moved to CT 
Lori Bahret Mote was her matron of 
honor. Kim works in the mortgage 
banking industry. Linda Lombardo got 
her MA in Education at Lynchburg Col- 
lege in '97 and is teaching at a middle 
school outside Charlotte, NC. Amy 
Ross is enjoying being single again and 
is teaching 2nd grade in Memphis. 
Amy Loux still works for Lucasfilms 
THX and is moonlighting as an editor. 
Alice Windham is doing plaintiff work 
at a law firm in lackson, MS and really 
enjoyed Lesli Sedwick's 9/99 wedding. 
Kelleigh Smith Sommer and her hus- 
band Richard are anticipating their first 
child, due in 5/00. Kelleigh is a finan- 
cial analyst for a lottery ticket printing 
company in San Antonio. Mary 
Holmes is working for Sprint. In 5/00 
she will move to Chicago, and she's 
planning a 10/00 wedding to Eric 
Slusser. Wendy Wall Nace and her 
husband Randy bought a house in 
Birmingham, where Wendy is a thera- 

Spring/Summer 2000 • 69 

pist working with homeless adults. 
Heather McKoy works at Pacific Bell 
in CA and spends free time with her 
cats, as well as riding and acting. Lucia 
Marks moved to Houston from NYC. 
She's working for Price Waterhouse 
Coopers as a health care consultant. 
She's enjoying the slower pace in TX. 
Carlene Harper Sumner is a Realtor. 
She and her husband built a house that 
they share with their 2 cats. Jane 
Howard Bolton loves staying at home 
with 2 yo son Bidwell. Her husband is 
a captain with AirTran Airways. Allison 
Chance went through a divorce, so 
now she's sharing her Buckhead home 
with her yellow lab Rabun. She's prac- 
ticing law in Atlanta, specializing in 
Estate Planning. Sarah Underhill is the 
head of the Spanish department at the 
Hampton Day School in NY. She's 
teaching gracies K-10. Kim Mounger 
married Glenn Storbeck and moved 
outside Seattle where she is a reference 
librarian with the public litaran,'. Katie 
Blaik graduated from law school at the 
Univ. of Oklahoma and is practicing 
law in OK City. She bought a house, 
and enjoys decorating and checking 
out the estate sales. Amelia McDaniel 
Johnson married Wooten in 1/9/99 and 
moved to Raleigh, NC where Wooten 
is involved in politics. Lee McEachern 
married Robert Collins 5/29/99 in 
Newnan, CA. Mary-Ellen Horner is 
planning a 7/00 wedding and will live 
in WA. Liz Crigan is finishing up 
her graduate studies at Boston Univ. 
She's been doing her thesis work in 
Archeology in Belize. Jennifer St. 
Julian Wooden is in Houston, TX with 
her 2 daughters and husband. They are 
expecting number three, and Jennifer is 
home-schooling. As for me, Molly 
Morris, I'm still in Columbus, OH 
where I am a manager at Pottery Barn. 
I bought a condo, and I volunteer at 
the Columbus Museum of Art and 
baby-sit mv 2 yo nephew. I spent New 
Years 1999 in Philly with Betsy Lanard, 
who works for a mortgage company 
and shares her home with a toy Dober- 
man pinscher named Wolfing and a 
rabbit. Hillarie Wakefield lives in Nor- 
folk, VA where she works in a 
museum. She is still designing. Her 
bridal designs are doing well, and a 
boutique in NYC has started to sell her 
other designs. As far as class notes go, 
please don't wait to hear from me to 
send info. can email me anytime 
at and if 
you have Internet access, please join 
the class of 94 community at OneList. 

Thanks for making first reunion 
such a huge success. Here's to seeing 
everyone in 2004! (Brie and Cham- 
pagne for everyone!) 


President: Holly Prothro Philbin 

Secretary: Katherine Maxwell Schell- 


Fund Agent: Beverly Caldwell Stone 

Tricia Lynn is glad to be done with 
school and working at a h.s. She vis- 
ited Susan Whitehead Froehlich ('96) 
in N) and is looking for a new teaching 
job back on the East Coast. Kelly 'Pep- 
per' Coggshall finishes grad school at 
UVA 5/01 . Then everyone can call her 
Dr. Pepper! She visited Kat Madden in 

70 • Spring/Summer 2000 

New Orleans and travels to Europe 
6/00. She was the only woman 
accepted for internship at the UVA 
Patent Foundation! They market and 
license inventions to corporate Amer- 
ica. Kelly Hall spent summer in Eng- 
land and France camping with her 
boyfriend Paul. She is still teaching lit- 
erature at West Virginia Wesleyan Col- 
lege and French to the local h.s. Genie 
Stark is in law school at good old 
Charlottesville. She'll be in D.C. this 
summer and hopes to get a permanent 
job there. She is in touch with Tina 
Carlton who lives and works in 
Alexandria, VA. Mandy Monk is doing 
a Natural Resources and Wildlife Tech- 
nology program in western Maryland. 
She lived in Africa which inspired her 
to work with animals. Mary Byrd 
Schroeder Braun and John 'lack' 
Andrew Braun were married on 
4/1 0/99 and reside in Alexandria, VA. 
They adopted a dog named Redford. 
See pictures on MB's website: . 
MB sells antiques on the Internet, 
antique shops, and does small business 
consulting for marketing and web page 
development. Jennifer Gaudette Nel- 
son thinks Maine is great! Doug is an 
engineer for Bath Iron Works (building 
Navy destroyers) and also a Lt. in the 
Navy Reserves. Jenn teaches math and 
computer science at Brunswick H. S. 
They bought a sailboat. Anna Reilly 
still works for Senator John Warner in 
Washington, DC. She was a brides- 
maid in Lucile Page Martin's wedding 
and Nicky Stewart Fowler's wedding. 
Nicky Stewart Fowler married Scott 
(W&L '93) in 9/99. Sister Alex Stewart 
('94) was maid of honor, Scott and 
Nicky bought a house in Grand 
Rapids, Ml and adopted a black lab 
puppy. Stephanie Pearson Davis 
attended the wedding. She, her hus- 
band, and her baby live in the Chicago 
suburbs. Lucile Page Martin married 
Bud in 5/99, in Atlanta, and is now 
Mrs. Roy Elmo Martin III. Sarah Clif- 
ford Weaver gave birth to Robert 
Joseph CRJ'l 10/17/99. She is a full time 
mom, doing freelance graphics, and 
teaching art in her home. Sybil Walker 
Mercer and her husband Matthew, 
daughter Ashley, and their new little 
girl Noelani (17 mos) reside in 
Odando, FL. Her husband is a carica- 
ture artist and an aspiring Animator at 
Disney World. Sybil is a telemarketer 
and technician tor the Medicine 
Shoppe pharmacy. They plan to buy a 
house and are going on a cruise with 
the Disney Cruise line. Trista Newman 
was promoted to Senior Business 
Account Analyst for Time Life in Rich- 
mond. She enjoys sharing her house 
with her dogs Neima and Pooh Bear. 
Holly Prothro Philbin gave birth to 
Charlie 9/9/99. Her favorite babysitter 
is Robin Hendrickson. Holly was 
Matron of Honor at Sarah Glenn 
Stafford Mercado's wedding to A.J. on 
7/10/99 in FL. Holly couldn't be there 
in person because of pregnancy prob- 
lems but bridesmaids Leslie Toro and 
Lyssa Vaught were there. Andie 
Thomas is employed w/ Big Brothers 
Big Sisters of Central Virginia as the 
Mentoring Coordinator. She works 
part-time at R-MWC as a Resident 
Director for Moore Hall. She is pursu- 
ing a Masters in Sociology w/ a con- 
centration in Criminal lustice; 

Graduation 5/01 . Bergen Hall and her 
boyfriend spent New Year's with 
Susannah Silverbrand Cooper and hus- 
band Sean, in Jamaica. Susannah 
works for the consulate. Bergen lives in 
Marblehead, MA, and continues to 
work at Brown Brothers Harriman in 
Boston. She switched to the fund 
administration group and is registering 
for MBA classes. 2/00 she will travel to 
Luxembourg to visit her boyfriend who 
works for BBH in the Lux office. 
Bergen keeps in touch with Jill Forman 
Lezcano who was married 10/99 and 
resides in FL, and with Ericka Bishop in 
NC. Vanessa Mortarino works at The 
Martin Agency in Richmond, VA. 
Amelia Dudman '96 works in her 
department. Vanessa is a broadcast 
assistant and involved in the local 
music scene. Cathy Cummings moved 
back to Dallas and works with GMR 
Marketing (A part of Omnicom) where 
she is Account Executive for Nokia 
with their USYS (United States Youth 
Soccer) account. She will miss reunion 
due to a good friend's wedding. Julie 
Fivecoate is Senior Project Director 
with Marilz Marketing Research 
Minneapolis. She ana her boyfriend, 
Peter jaeger moved in together and are 
looking for another puppy to keep 
Bella (her dog) company. Molly 
Becherer Hasty is in her last year of 
medical school at the Univ. of 
Louisville and applying for residencies 
in pediatrics. She and her husband 
Derek are looking at programs in the 
southeast. Kathy Whitby lives in Rich- 
mond, works in PR for the Federal 
Reserve Bank and went skiing in Vail 
with Heather. She and Heather plan to 
travel to Europe in summer of '00. 
Gretchen Vida moved back to Tampa 
7/99 where she works for Maxxim 
Medical (another medical supply com- 
pany) as product manager. Ronnie 
Alexander proposed to ner Christmas 
'99 and they close on their first house 
2/00. Leah Anderson Tidier enjoys 
mothering son, Andrew, one. She 
started her own business party plan- 
ning and has done two birthdays and a 
wedding. She and David are building a 
home in Annapolis, MD. Harriette 
Bayse is a lobbyist for the Opticians 
Association of America in DC area and 
enjoys her black lab, Grace. Maren 
Howard Leggett and Peter have been 
married 2 years. She runs an after 
school-tutoring program at a private 
school in Lynchburg. Peter is applying 
for grad schools. They may move soon. 
Maren keeps up with Carson Scheppe 
who is moving home to Jacksonville, 
FL. Lucy de Oliveira Bosworth made 
partner in her employment firm and 
resides in New Orleans. Kimberly 
Roda Moorhead is the National 
Account Executive for the Information 
Technology Association of America in 
the Marketing/New Business Develop- 
ment Department. She and her hus- 
band, Tim, enjoyed spending time with 
Holly Miller and spent New Year's Eve 
with Mary Byrd Schroeder Braun and 
Katie Maxwell Schellhammer. Kim- 
berly anticipates a spring visit with 
Devil Dog Heather Theis Hernandez 
and her husband Saul in San Diego. 
Karen Giorgetti is working on her 
Ph.D. in psychology at Purdue Univer- 
sity where she does research and 
teaches for Purdue. She also teaches at 
Ivy Tech State College in Lafayette. 

Eleanor 'Snora' Dickinson is at the 

Portfolio Center in Atlanta, studying to 
be a graphic designer/commercial 
artist/art director Erin Oney is wildly in 
love with Kevin Murphy (VCU '86) and 
works at Hogan and Hartson Law Firm 
in Washington, DC. Tory McClintock 
Wade lives in Farmville, VA. She says 
Benjamin is getting bigger everyday 
and might be at reunion. Eileen Yates 
Von Herbulis married Brian on 8/27/99 
and bought a house in Mission Viejo, 
CA. Eileen graduated 6/99 from the 
Univ. of CA - Irvine with a Masters in 
genetic counseling. She is genetic 
counselor at the CA Cryobank. Brian is 
1st Lt. in the Marines. Jessica John, Car- 
son Scheppe, Maren Howard Leggett, 
Lynn Ivey Turner, Lucy de Oliveira 
Bosworth, Meredith Williams, Heather 
Bernhard Zander '97, and Kathy 
Whitby were all part of the bridal party. 
Sarah Scales and Wendy Long Holland 
attended. Amanda-Bliss Knost Thomas 
and Yarko left Raleigh 1 1/99 and 
moved to the NC coast. Their coffee 
shop 'Coffee Bliss' opened 2/00 in 
Newport, NC. Jessica John purchased a 
new home in Vero Beach where she 
runs the largest day spa/salon in the 
country'. Cari Miller James teaches spe- 
cial ed. in Frederick County, MD. She 
is pursuing her masters in special ed. 
and will graduate in 12/01. She and 
Doug plan to buy a home. Jennifer 
Parker is living with her boyfriend Art 
near her parents. She is a speech thera- 
pist at the Pottsville Hospital. She 
enjoys decorating and remodeling their 
1 930's house. Suzanne 'Trelles' Cor- 
dray is working on her masters in Pub- 
lic Health in Columbia, SC. Jane M. 
Rabadi teaches drawing part-time in 
Denver. Her 9-5 job is with an Italian 
Import Company in their hand painting 
dept. She says she is finally earning a 
living as an artist! Kara Dickey moved 
to NYC in 6/99 where she lives with 
James and works for the NY Metropoli- 
tan Art Gallery. Kara was in Catherine 
Orr Walter's wedding to Steven in 
8/99 and traveled to Paris in 1/00 for a 
winter getaway. Stephanie Arnold 
Toohey is expecting her first baby in 
7/00. She and John bought a home. 
Sarah Young's companv Clara Vista 
was acquired by CMC I. She has been 
very busy as V.P Human Resources in 
Fairfax, VA. She loves to travel... she 
visited Lesley Myers '94 and Kelly 
Schmidt '94 in AZ, and traveled to CA, 
Denver, Boston and the Grand 
Canyon. Margaret Bruha of Lake Bluff, 
IL vacationed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 
She became a member of the Polar 
Bear Club on 1/1/00 by immersing into 
the frigid waters of Lake Michigan. 
Margaret also pursues rock climbing. 
As of 8/99, Devin and Gwen Hickey- 
Babcock moved for the very last time. 
Devin took a job with an engineering 
firm in York; they built a house, and 
are "back on our old stomping ground 
for a very long time" Gwen is coaching 
swimming again, and Devin is a Youth 
Leader at their church. They went ski- 
ing with Bergen Hall in NH, saw Bev- 
erley Stone and Lyssa Vaught in 
Richmond, and had a wonderful time 
seeing everyone at Alum Council 9/99. 
Gwen still has King who is 1 3 lbs., 4.5 
feet long, all muscle, and daddy's little 
girl! Katie McDill lives in Huntsville, 
AL. She got her MA in English and is 
working at a great bookstore, deciding 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

at which school she'd like to teach. 
Lida Anne Elliott lives in CO. English 
Griffith, still with Merrill Lynch, is Ser- 
vice Manager tor the South Park Com- 
plex. She is house hunting in Charlotte, 
NC. English keeps in touch with Susan 
Wooldrldge Yeatfs and CeeCee Valen- 
tine. Meredith Williams is still with the 
same law firm doing healthcare trans- 
actions and dating Lynden (we met 
studying tor the bar exam — he's a UVA 
bovt. Maren and Peter Leggett visited 
her. Amy Schroeder Hunter and left 
moved to Fort Polk, LA with the Army. 
3/1/00, she and Jeff are moving out of 
army housing into a house witn 12 
acres. Amy will start up a small board- 
ing/training operation with a good 
friend Arie Richards and is starting a 
new job with the Army Morale Welfare 
and Recreation Department (MWR). 
Lisa Buckingham Darr and her hus- 
band, Mike moved from Houston to 
Detroit 4/99. Both with Andersen Con- 
sulting and love being close to the 
automotive industrv-. CeeCee Valentine 
is in her 2nd year of law school at 
South TX College of Law. She works at 
Continental Airlines. This summer, she 
will study law in Rome, Italy for a 
month then hopefully work with the 
DC Public Defender Services. SBC 
alum Serena Putegnat '98 is a class- 
mate at law school. CeeCee is sorry to 
miss reunion. She has final exams. 
Kate Steptoe saw several SBCers at 
Katie Maxwell Schellhammer's wed- 
ding 6/99. Kate is finishing up a Mas- 
ters in Parks and Recreation 
Management at West Virginia U. Jill 
Coolsby is in Pensacola, FL at the 
Naval Aviation Schools Command in 
Officer Candidate School. She earned a 
Masters in Science in Defense and 
Strategic Studies, 12/99 from Southwest 
MO State Univ. On 4/7/00, she will be 
commissioned an Ensign in the Navy. 
She will be assigned to Aviation Intelli- 
gence. Lee Roman Winn had Taylor 
lulia Winn 12/27/99. Travis turns 2 in 
3/00. Lee, Jason, and the little ones 
moved from Seattle to Havelock, NC in 
12/99. Lee visited Dallas 9/00 and saw 
Eleanor Dickinson, Holly Prothro 
Philbin, and Robin Hendrickson. Mary 
Gordon Gill went to Jamaica with her 
boyfriend and came back engaged! 
She spent Christmas in HI with her 
family and brought in the New Year 
doing the hula. She still enjoys teach- 
ing in VA and should have her masters 
in special ed. from UVA 6/00. Beverley 
Stone enjoys teaching 8th grade Eng- 
lish. She is challenged by teaching 
high-risk students and enjoys her new 
home she purchased 9/99. Nancy Wei- 
gle is getting married to Jay Smith IHSC 
'921 on 5/28/00. Cathy Cummings will 
be in the wedding. In 6/00, Nancy 
begins her residency in Family Prac- 
tice. Jay works in architecture. Court- 
ney Huffman Whetstone is in her 2nd 
year of teaching 1 st grade. She was 
named Rookie Teacher of the Year. Her 
daughter Mar\' Rachael is 2, and Court- 
ney is expecting a little boy 3/00. Her 
husband Todd (UVA '93) is in account- 
ing. They're decorating their new 
house. Nancy Nichols teaches 7th & 
8th graders at Green Hills Middle 
School in NJ. She obtained her masters 
in ed. 3 years ago at Texas Christian 
Univ. Heather Elliott lives in Chapel 
Hill, NC where she plans to begin 
graduate school. She visited Elizabeth 

Hendrix and Heather Bond and keeps 
in contact with Catherine Powell. 
Lyssa Vaught is happ\ in grad. school 
for Art Ed. at VCU in Richmond. Molly 
Becherer Hasty visited her in 1/00. 
Daniela Ricci is an event planner for 
the National MS Society in DC. She 
does catering work on the side and co- 
leads Capital Action, a volunteer com- 
munity sea'ice group for young people. 
Holly Elkins lives in Alexandria, VA 
and is an event coordinator for Wolf 
Trap Foundation. She is applying for 
grad schools. Liz Dunck Hayes and 
Paul live in Charlotte, NC. Liz was a 
bridesmaid at Catherine Orr Walter's 
wedding to Steven (brother of Tracy 
Wallers '96) on 9/28/99. Catherine and 
Steven bought a home in Reston, VA 
where Catherine works for AOL. 
Kristina Pody Johnson lives in 
MurtVeesboro, TN. She is a chemist for 
Teledyne Metalworking Products. Amy 
Woods is in San Francisco. After work- 
ing with the Kosovar refugees, she now 
works for CARE, the organization that 
designed the original CARE package 
after WWII. She and Peter rented a 
townhouse on Treasure Island — under- 
neath the Bay Bridge. She, Peter, and 
Mira (her corgi) are enjoying CA! 
Shana-Tara Regon writes, 'Finished my 
first novel and rec'd my MFA in cre- 
ative writing 8/99. Margaret Willett 
lives in Tomball, TX. Christy Patten 
lives in Paris with fiance Jan Hundert- 
fund. They will be married near Los 
Angeles on 4/8/00. Heather Aspinwall 
and I will be bridesmaids. Christy is a 
flight attendant on Continental flying 
from Newark, NJ to Paris. She was a 
bridesmaid in my wedding to Scott on 
6/19/99. Heather Aspinwall was my 
maid of honor. Heather lives in Alexan- 
dria, VA where she still loves teaching 
preschool in Old Town and traveling to 
CO, PR, MA, and SC. Scott and 1 (Katie 
Maxwell Schellhammer) live in 
Alexandria, VA too where I was pro- 
moted to manage legislative outreach 
programs at my association that repre- 
sents the floral industry. Scott is a soft- 
ware engineer for American 
Management Systems (AMS). We hope 
you enjoyed seeing everyone at 
reunion! We missed those who could 
not attend. 


President: Ann MacDonald 
Secretary: Kerri Rawlings 
Fund Agent: Kara Vlasaty 

Congratulations to Kathryn Black 
Watson and husband Allen on the birth 
of their daughter Caroline Sullivan on 
5/20/99. Katy McCartney is her Cod- 
mother and Elizabeth Hunter was at 
her christening. Kathryn will be a stay- 
at-home Mom while Allen finishes the 
2nd year of his doctorate program. Ann 
MacDonald and Michael Carter (W&L) 
became engaged 7/23/99 and are plan- 
ning a 7/2000 wedding in Lexington, 
VA. Ann is still working in the Alum- 
nae Office at SBC and welcomes us all 
back to visit! Kate Hall Lombardi is 
back in grad. school for her endorse- 
ment in education of students with 
severe disabilities. She and Ben bought 
their 2nd home which they are remod- 
eling. She keeps in touch with Ann, 
Catherine Osuna, and Melanie Vracas. 

Nicole Kelleher finished paramedic 
school at MCV and is a tissue recovery 

technician with Lifenet as well as a lab 
specialist in Clinical Pharmacology at 
MCV. She was a bridesmaid in Heather 
Benhard Zander's 9/1 1/99 wedding to 
Duke. They are living in L.A. while 
Duke finishes dental school at UCLA 
and Heather works as a vet surgical 
tech. She is considering applying to vet 
school. Gina Miller is a kindergarten 
teacher at Trinit>' College in West Hart- 
lord.CT. She attended Holly James 
McMickle's 1/9/99 wedding to Mark at 
SBC. Kristen McCowan Hartley was 
the Matron of Honor. Holly is an 
energy paralegal in DC. Michelle 
Janiak iVtartin married Grant in a 
12/20/98 wedding at SBC. Frazier 
Miller '96 was a bridesmaid. They are 
living in Fayetteville, NC. 

Molly Cameron is living in Rich- 
mond with Cakki Latimore '96 and get- 
ting her MBA from UofR. She is 
planning her 7/2000 wedding to Mark 
Dreux (HSC 98) in Cincinnati, OH. She 
sees Leigh Wilson, Stephanie Pap- 
piniko, Elizabeth Hunter, Tasha 
Swales, and Courtney Burt. Courtney 
is also planning her 12/99 wedding. 
Sherine Al-Banhawy is living with her 
husband and son Ahmed (2) in Cairo, 
Egypt. She is in law school and keeps 
in touch with Molly. Alison Burnett is 
counting the days until she finishes her 
3rd and final year of law school at 
Chicago-Kent School of Law. Kathy 
Johnston received her master's from 
Georgetown U. 5/99. Before beginning 
her job as an economist with SRI Int'l 
she went to Canada with Jill Butcher 
6/99, traveled though Europe for the 
summer, then visited her family in MO. 
Jill Gavitt returned from Japan 7/99 
after 2 years teaching with the jET pro- 
gram. She is in New London, CJ 
teaching 6&7th grade Spanish. Jill 
Meadows is living in Brooklyn with 
Nessim Al-Yafi. Jill is performing in var- 
ious locations as a dancer and recently 
appeared with SBC alum Sarah 
Skaggs'79. She is also editing a chess 
book by Fred Wilson and working in a 
doctor's office. Nessim is getting her 
MFA in theatre from Brooklyn College. 
Jennifer Swisher is a 2nd year med stu- 
dent at U. of Health Sciences College 
of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas 
City, MO. Spent the summer working 
in SE rural KY and expects to graduate 
5/02. Gail Masdag left the great white 
north of AK to visit Jenn in FL. Gail is 
working as a court clerk in Juneau. 
Ticia Harbour will marry Scott Borg 
3/4/00. Tara Moran '96 will be a 
bridesmaid. Ticia will graduate 12/99 
with her master's in Systems Engineer- 
ing from VA Tech and is working for 
Lockheed Martin. After the wedding 
she will move to wherever Scott will 
be stationed as a Navy pilot. Katrina 
Balding Bills and Kevin are living in 
Leesburg, VA. She is doing very well as 
a Mary Kay saleswoman and recently 
earned a red Grand Am! From the barn 
to Mary Kay lady! Her horse Fella was 
hurt very badly and almost died but is 
doing much better. She plans on being 
able to foxhunt with him after Christ- 

Amy Campbell is at UVA writing 
her MA Thesis for which she was 
granted access to Justice Ginsburg's 
personal papers to research her years 
with the ACLU. She works as a pro- 
gram coordinator at UVA Women's 
Center. Cape Healey is in Bethesda, 

MD working as a fundraiser for VA 
Sen. Chuck Robb's 2000 campaign! 
Cape had a 2-week golf trip in the 
West of Ireland. She's dating a )MU 95 
grad and keeps in touch with Ann Bar- 
rett and Bhavi Patel. Jess Grass works 
for the American Society for Microbiol- 
ogy and lives in Alexandria, VA. She is 
in touch with Jenn Wagner and Cyn- 
thia Bumgardner '98. Stacy McKimm 
will complete her Masters of Education 
1 2/99 at the School of Counseling at 
UT-Martin. She's been offered a job in 
Milan, TN. 

Lindsy Rollenhagen is teaching h.s. 
social studies in Brandon, VT. She is 
the assistant coach of the middle 
school boys and girls soccer team. 
Katy Seder and Lisa Ducharme 
attended her baptism 8/99. Lisa and 
Kat\' are living together in the North 
End of Boston. She is a Broker Liaison 
for John Hancock Mutual Funds and 
hopes to get back into teaching soon. 
Katy still works for Essex Investment 
and along with Lisa keeps busy with 
junior League obligations. Lisa and 
Katy often see Sarah Betz who is now 
living in Marblehead, MA. Katy visited 
Kerry Coleman at UCA where she is in 
grad. school. Katie Cumerson is a floor 
assistant in OK Sen. Don Nickles' DC 

Amy Cook is engaged to Jason 
Rexrode (WVU98) and planning a 7/00 
wedding. They live in Petersburg, WV 
where she is a Reading Specialist for 
1 ,2, & 3rd grades. Annette Dusenbury 
is in her 2nd year of physical therapy 
school at Shenandoah U. She spent 
Thanksgiving in TX with her VMI97 pal 
Joe Steele. Hmm... Melanie Chriscoe 
returned from S. Africa and is moving 
to Winchester to live with Annette. Ali- 
son Hall is living in Auburn with her 
sister Gemma (Agnes Scott99). AN is 
enjoying her job as the Cultural Arts 
Director for the Cit>' of Auburn. Jess 
Hiveley is back in MN working for 
Price Waterhouse Coopers. We all 
spent a week together at the beach in 
NC and are looking forward to New 
Year's Eve in NH where Katy S. and 
Lisa will be our hostesses for a ski 
weekend! Katie Clarkson moved to 
Winston Salem, NC to take a job with 
Wachovia Bank. She is busy planning 
her 5/27/00 wedding to Mark Roberts. 
Annette, Alison, and I will be brides- 
maids. Katie designed a great website 
for our class 
tml. It is a wonderful way to keep in 
touch so please thank her when you 
have the chance! I left my job at the 
SBC Alumnae Office 8/99 to take a 
position at a trucking company in my 
hometown of Hagerstown, MD. I'm the 
corporate safety coordinator and part 
of my training even included spending 
4 days on the road in a truck! I'm dat- 
ing my high school sweetheart Chns 
Burtner (WVU97) and enjoying being 
close to my family again. 


Sweet Briar'College Alumnae Magazine • 

President: Charlotte Rognmoe Gilbar 
Secretary: Dawn Everett 
Fund Agent: Allison Gerber 

We have a lot of new homes, hus- 
bands and even a baby! Gretchen 
Gravley is at SBC working in the 
Admissions office. She keeps in touch 
with Christina Cotter, who bought a 

Spring/Summer 2000 • 71 

house in Amherst and is teaching 
kindergarten at Tye River. Gretchen 
passed on lots of news. She saw Anne- 
Claire Wackenhut and Carolyn Leddy 
when they stopped by to see Anne- 
Claire's sister who is class of '02! 
Anne-Claire is in DC working and in a 
masters program at GU. Isabella Jean- 
Pierre is a project coordinator at the 
Dept of District & Section Activities in 
DC and this summer she was a CLEO 
fellow. Gretchen also saw many at 
Amanda Diamond's wedding (10/9/99 
in Chapel Hill) to Kevin Ring. Scarlett 
Swain served as MofH. Mandi is a 
Preschool teacher in the RTP and lives 
in Cary. Scarlett moved to Char- 
lottesville to live with |enn Hogan. 
Charlotte Rognmoe Gilbar is teaching 
5th grade at Rockfish River Elementary 
in Nelson County. Joseph Michael, 
born on 10/14/99, joined Charlotte 
and Dennis in their home in Amherst. 
Allison Cerber finished her 2nd year at 
Tulane Law School, will graduate in 
5/01 . Shelley Shreve Oliver married 
Jasper on 10/16/99 in Lynchburg and 
resides in Winchester, VA where she is 
an Admissions Counselor at Shenan- 
doah U. Jayme Calabrese-Pomroy 
moved into a new house in North Dal- 
las. Darelle Pfeiffer finished her 2nd 
year at Temple U School of Podiatric 
Medicine in Philadelphia. She is still 
dating Tim. Darelle keeps up with Kin- 
dle Samuel who is working in NYC, for 
Ernst & Young. Kindle is the Young 
Alumna trustee on the SBC Board of 
Directors. Marnie Tokaruk Bates was 
married 12/18/99 to Kerry Bates (VMI 
'96). Jayme and T.C. Weisman were 
both bridesmaids. Marnie works for 
Ernst & Young LLP in Richmond. San- 
dra DIttmer is a data analyst at Cam- 
ber Corporation. Her job is moving 
down to Quantico, where she will be 
working her way up to Program Ana- 
lyst. Tonya Grudier is the Assist. Dir. of 
Admissions, teaching an American his- 
tory class and being a dorm parent and 
advisor at Oldfields. Tonya spent time 
with Katie Martin and Amy Stroupe in 
10/99 in Chicago. Amy is living in her 
hometown of Princeton, WV and 
working as a counselor in a group 
home for teenagers in crisis. And Katie 
is an Assist. Editor for a trade magazine 
called Modern Baking, in Chicago. Tri- 
cia Mohana Summers married Brian at 
SBC on 7/1 7/99. They moved to Cor- 
pus Christi, where she teaches 7th and 
8th graders at a Christian school. They 
will be moving after Brian's training. 
Tricia had a visit from Sarah Katherine 
Spangler, who is teaching 5th grade 

science and a reading class in Roanoke 
County. Cady Thomas is a Legislative 
Correspondent with Senator Helms and 
will attend American U, Washington 
College of Law with the hopes of par- 
ticipating in the ID/MBA joint degree 
program. She had a visit from Emily 
Busse. They got together with Sarah 
Nolton and Bronwyn Beard who share 
a house in Arlington, VA. Bronwyn is 
an area sales manager for Hecht's. 
Sarah is a computer forensics specialist 
for an investigative and security firm in 
McLean, VA. Stephanie Belk Loter is in 
her 2nd year at NC State Veterinary 
School. She married Thomas Loter on 
6/18/99 in Durham. Susan Barney, 
Katie Martin, Lindsay Culp were 
bridesmaids. Mary Ann Gheen teaches 
8th grade at Nelson Middle School. 
She is head of the math dept. and in 
charge of S.O.L. training. She married 
Tim in Lynchburg on 5/6/00 and 
bought a house near SBC in 7/99. 
Nichi Benson is getting married 
10/28/00 to Forrest Knox. She is gain- 
ing a 9 year-old stepdaughter. Nichi 
lives in Nashville and is an administra- 
tive assistant to a commercial contrac- 
tor. Valerie Walston worked for CA 
Gov. Wilson, then in DC on a presi- 
dential campaign. She has been work- 
ing at the RNC in the press shop. Emily 
Virkus married Dan Calle (VT, '97) on 
6/24/00 at SBC. Lesya Shroades and 
Pam Fine were in the wedding. She is 
working in McLean, VA as a Software 
Engineer. Emily was MofH in Lesya's 
wedding 9/00, Heather Thomas is 
working on her Master's in Zoology at 
Auburn U. She and Amanda Kottke 
were in Natalie Lindfors Recupero's 
wedding 10/99. Amanda married Mike 
Wilson (VMI '99) on 6/9/00. Chantal 
Bartlett is an administrative assistant at 
The Carlyle Group in DC. On 5/20/00 
she and Kim Izquierdo were brides- 
maids in Diana Jordan's wedding in 
Atlanta. Kim is in the sales division for 
Andin International in NYC. Kim also 
keeps in touch with Joanne Hopkins, 
who lives in Alexandria and is at SRI 
Int'l as a market analyst for science 
research programs at DOE, NASA, & 
EPA. Bobbie Jo Hedrick is engaged to 
Derek Lescar. She hopes to marry 
6/23/01 at SBC. She works with a com- 
pany called US Cyber in Amherst. 
Chantal also mentioned Candice 
Broughton Maillard, who is doing well 
in England, and Marquita Belzer 
Rhodes, who is living in Sardinia, Italy, 
and telecommuting to grad school. 
Page Darney is in Penn State's Post- 
baccalaureate premed program. She is 

working for the state of Pennsylvania as 
a Personnel Analyst Trainee. She keeps 
in touch with Erin Wortley who fin- 
ished her Chem Engineering Degree at 
VT and works for a high volume manu- 
facturing company as a process engi- 
neer, in NoVA. Melissa Rothwell 
Pembrooke married Lt. Peter Pem- 
brooke on 6/26/99 in Darlington, MD. 
Anne Smith Culver was MofH, and 
Andrea Sheelz McCarney attended. 
They live in Fort Hood, TX and she is a 
4th/5th grade teacher. Andrea is a 
dance teacher in Chesterfield, VA. She 
and her husband bought a house last 
year. They lived near Anne who was 
married to Brian Culver (VMI '98) 5/99. 
They lived in Richmond and she taught 
at the Sylvan Learning Center, but they 
relocated to Wake Forest. Mary Lea 
Martin Harris is teaching elementary 
art at Greenbriar West Elementary. She 
keeps in touch with Astrid Liverman. 
Aslrid started her Masters program in 
Architectural History and Historic 
Preservation at the U of VA. She did a 
preservation project in a Lynchburg 
neighborhood. Melissa Rickman trav- 
eled to England, Ireland, Venezuela, 
Spain, Andorra and France after gradu- 
ation. She is a Software Engineer for 
Lockheed Martin and loves the chal- 
lenge. She talks to Ashley Grosvenor, 
Courtney Morgan and Emily Meger 
who all have great jobs. She hopes to 
start graduate studies in IT at GMLJ or 
GW. Melissa is still dating Peter. Jake 
Weiner is living and working in Rich- 
mond in the Tax Reporting Dept of 
First Clearing Corp. She plans to take 
her series 7 in the fall. She sees Dair 
Collins and Kelsey Larus frequently 
and attended Jessica Pavia's wedding 
to Ken Tra 1 1/99. Jennifer Toler Ober 
moved back to Germany with her hus- 
band, worked for SAS Institute as Info- 
Center Consultant supporting about 
5000 colleagues with network and PC 
problems Europewide, and then relo- 
cated to Tallahassee, FL. Laura Fitton 
Pieper bought a house in Iowa in Aug. 
Courtney Hayes Toomey moved to 
Myrtle Beach and bought a house. 
Hobby Holmes is in lackson Hole 
working for a ski corp and snowboard- 
ing. Hobby saw Kate Bryan, Jessica 
Brandrup, and Mary Friberg at Gan- 
non Hunt Turner's wedding in Dallas. 
Stacy Sharpes married Joshua Adamo 
on 9/5/99 in Shepherdstown, WV and 
honeymooned in Egypt. She is a tech- 
nical writer for the US Coast Guard in 
Martinsburg. She is going back to 
school for a degree in accounting. 
Cynthia Bumgardner finished her 1st 

year at East Lake Academy of Fine Arts 
in Chattanooga, as an Applied Technol- 
ogy teacher. She married Darrin Puck- 
ett on 6/1 0/00. Anna Meares and 
Brigette Laib were attendants. Cynthia 
continues her newsletter once a month 
to over 20 of us. Anna has been work- 
ing as an Admissions Counselor at a 
college here in ME. She traveled 
throughout the Northeast and UK. This 
spring she moved to Sendai, lapan to 
homeschool her niece. Heather Smith 
is living in Chattanooga and working 
for UnumProvident as a Disability 
Insurance Sales Support Specialist. 
Suzy O'Laughlin is teaching Spanish at 
her childhood school in Abilene, TX. 
She has been playing tennis with her 
mom and alone. She plans to attend U 
of Kansas for her masters in Latin 
American Studies. Catherine Zahrn fin- 
ished her 2nd year of 3 in a graduate 
program in dance at U of Hawaii. 
Katie Rinehart is out in OR working as 
office manager for Windermere/Central 
Oregon Real Estate. Beth Baker is in 
Philadelphia working for a law firm 
dealing with Immigration matters, in 
the capacity of bilingual 
paralegal/interpreter. Kathy Jiang was 
accepted by Stanford U's computer sci- 
ence program. Angela Elliott Merrick 
teaches 4th grade at a private school in 
Raleigh and lives in a new house in 
Holly Springs. She was married to 
Justin Merrick (HSC'97) in Richmond 
on 10/23/99. Serena Putegnat and 
Tiffiney Whitmire were bridesmaids. 
Serena is in Houston in Law School. 
She went to SBC for her sister's gradua- 
tion in May. Rhonda Tyree Ferguson 
married jason Ferguson on 9/4/99. 
Melissa Coffey Fitz was one of her 
bridesmaids. Rhonda is buying a house 
in Elon, VA. She is Director of the Bat- 
terer's Intervention Program at the 
YWCA Domestic Violence Prevention 
Center in Lynchburg. She sees Melissa 
and Jennifer Anderson a lot and she 
went to FL with Jennifer in Feb. She 
lives at Wintergreen and works for Bea- 
con Hill Associates in Charlottesville. 
Melissa is the Assistant Director of the 
Alumnae Association at SBC. 

I am still living in my hometown in 
VT. I finished my Master's in Teaching 
with Internet Technology in 8/99 and 
started teaching computers and tech- 
nology at a local elementary school 

72 • Spring/Summer 2000 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • 

In the Sweet Briar Tradition 

Professor Ernest P. "Buck" Edwards: 
Reading the Land 

The summer after her senior 
year, Rush Harris '98 remained 
on campus to help organize 
Professor Buck Edwards' boxes 
of field notes and enter his 
handwritten information into a 
computerized database. The 
office work was confining and 
routine. But every few days the 
retired professor would take 
Rush and other students out- 
side to assist with his ongoing 
fieldwork; bird-banding, sur- 
veying plants, and rechecking 
old survey lines. 
"We'd be so excited when Pro- 
fessor Edwards came to cam- 
pus," says Rush. "In June, all 
the leaves were on the trees and 
the wildflowers were in bloom. 
We would point and ask, 
'What's this?' and he'd teU us 
the name of the plant, how to 
remember it, what the flower 
looked like, and describe the 
root. He knew every inch of 
the campus and every living 
thing on it. My knowledge of 
eastern woodlands — plants, 
birds, and animals — quadrupled 
every time I walked beside 

Buck Edwards retired in 1990 
at the age of 70, after 25 years 
of teaching biology, ecology, 
natural history, and ornithol- 
ogy. As a teacher, he used the 
campus as a classroom and lab- 
oratory; he always had students 
out in the field. His love of the 
land predated his professional 
life. The entire Sweet Briar 
campus was his boyhood back- 
yard. Buck's father, Preston 
Edwards, was a physics profes- 
sor. The family arrived in 1927, 
when Buck was only seven 
years old. 

In 1941, Buck headed up the 
road to attend the University of 
Virginia and kept going all the 

way to Cornell where he earned 
his M. A. and Ph. D. in 
ornithology. Afterward, he trav- 
eled and worked on a variety of 
projects: lecturing and making 
films for the National Audubon 
Society, acting as associate direc- 
tor of the Houston Museum of 
Natural History, and serving as 
professor and chairman of the 

College, under President Meta 
Glass, adopted the Carry 
Nature Sanctuary. But a sanc- 
tuary is both a physical and a 
philosophical space. By the 
time President Pannell offered 
me a position, the College's 
pioneering spirit and commit- 
ment had languished. In addi- 
tion to teaching, I understood 

Buck Edwards stayed on campus this spring. During the summer, he'll be com- 
muting from Westminster Canterbury in Lynchburg. He also resides in Chapel 
Hill, NC, and has been down in Mexico, checking on the flamingo flocks he first 
observed in 1956. Forty-four years ago the population was 3,000. Today it stands 
at 26,000. The birds are flourishing and so is Buck. A new edition of his Field 
Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Adjacent Areas was recently published by the 
University of Texas Press. 

biology department at the Uni- 
versity of the Pacific. Buck also 
joined the Army and was 
assigned to Fort Detrick where 
he met and married a microbiol- 
ogist named Mabel Thacher. 
"I always knew I would come 
back east," says Buck. "Sweet 
Briar was a pioneer when the 

that I was supposed to get the 
sanctuary back on track and 
build on it. I certainly didn't do 
it alone! Our smdents, my wife. 
Professor Jane Belcher and the 
whole biology department were 
very active in preserving the 
During his tenure. Buck suc- 

ceeded in expanding the sanc- 
tuary system at Sweet Briar 
fi-om 45 to 400 acres. "It's 
always been a process that I 
wanted to see move ahead with 
no clear end point," Buck 
explains. "So long as the Col- 
lege is going in the right direc- 
tion, which is the case under 
President Muhlenfeld, I'll be 

In 1999, to help Sweet Briar's 
efforts toward using the land 
for educational purposes. Buck 
developed a plan to allocate 
$250,000 to the CoUege over 
the course of 5 years. The gift 
supports the Mabel Thacher 
Edwards Wildflower/Native 
Plant Memorial, the summer 
Naturalist-In-Residence Pro- 
gram, and the preservation of 
natural forest ecosystems for 
education and enjoyment. 
"You could spend hundreds of 
thousands of dollars remodel- 
ing indoor laboratories and end 
up with the same facilities as 
any other college," says Buck. 
"When you invest to preserve 
Sweet Briar's natural outdoor 
laboratories, you end up vvdth 
something other schools cannot 

"The land is a tremendous edu- 
cational asset and resource. 
Education is its fu-st and best 
use. I like to compare it to a 
library. Nobody questions the 
assumption that a college 
should have as many books as 
possible. Well, the same goes 
for trees. The forest is a learn- 
ing center." 

EET Briar Pwtes 


You Teee Us! 

Yesterday: The December 1931 Alumnae News [magazine] 
advises that "The Sweet Briar Plates are still available"; they were 
advertised until the FdU 1959 issue. In 1941, a poignant ad read 
YOURSELVES!" The plates originally were produced in 
earthenware by the Royal Cauldron Company. Royal Caul- 
dron was bought by Wedgewood, which stopped producing 
earthenware in 1938 to begin working in bone china. 
Imported from England, the plates were distributed 
through Jones, McDufFie and Stratton Corporation until 

1 ODAY; The Centennial Commission proposed a com- 
memorative Centennial Plate. Alice Cary Farmer Brown '59 
approached the Lenox Company for this project. Lenox 
acquired the copyright for the design. No photographs or 
drawings of the original plate print exist; Lenox redesigned the 
pattern by hand at no cost to SBC, and modeled a bone china 
plate in three colors. 

■"Attributes: Fine Bone China; Lead-free; Dishwasher/Microwave-safe 
"Colors: Mulberry; Blue; Green 
**Cost: S50 each 

1 OMORROW: Commit or Forget? How interested are you? We may only 
offer Centennial Plates at $50 if we have significant interest, so we need your 
input. Please tell us the level of your interest. 

Centennial Sweet Briar Plate Project 

To decide whether or not to undertake this projei 

alumnae, parents, friends, faculty, students will purchase plates. 

Please rettim this form to: Centennial Coordinator, Box E, Sweet Briar, VA 24595, 

or E-mail response to: 

Will you purchase plates? D Yes D No 

How many will you purchase? D One D Six D Dozen D Other 

How many of each color? Mulberry Blue Green 



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